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Propane - How it was Discovered!

Propane – How was it Discovered?

Whether if you are using it or thinking about it, you may have wondered where Propane comes from. In this blog we will be discussing how Propane gas was discovered and the history behind it.

What is Propane?

Propane (C3H8) is a form of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), it is a gas but can also be liquefied and stored in a gas bottle.

With a boiling point of -42°c, Propane is not affected by the cold weather in the UK and is ideal for outdoor use. This type of gas is perfect for heating, as it is efficient and produces more energy per cubic metre, than other forms of fuels.

Propane is a cleaner burner then other fossil fuels and does not contaminate the groundwater or soil.

How was Propane Discovered – The Facts

Using it or thinking about it, may cause you to wonder where propane comes from. Here are some facts about propane and the discovery of it.

  • Propane is man-made, so chemically engineered to be soft and efficient.
  • Propane is created or manufactured.
  • Mercellin Berthelot first discovered propane in France in 1857.
  • Propane was one of the many chemical compounds that would be discovered in Berthelot’s                studio.
  • Berthelot was not the first to recognise propane as a fuel source.
  • Dr Edmund Ronalds discovered the natural occurrence of propane.
  • Propane dissolving out of Pennsylvania Crude Oil in 1867 was the first discovery of propane                occurring naturally.
  • In 1910, Walter Snelling begun manufacturing propane for mass marketing.
  • Propane production has increased rapidly since its discovery.

The background of propane is long but rather interesting. We would recommend you do your own research and gain a better understanding of the gas you use.