Liquid Nitrogen Gas Innovations

Conrad Industries

7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Overview

In 2018, Conrad Shipyard partnered up with other big name oil companies to work on Liquid Nitrogen Gas barges and LNG powered tugboats. It involves a long process of purifying, freezing and reheating Nitrogen gas.

Authors

Clint Young

Clint Young

Megan Breaux

Megan Breaux

Ian Martin

Ian Martin

Angela Sophus

Angela Sophus

School

Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University

Professor

Christopher Castille

Christopher Castille

Innovation

Conrad created the industry's first liquid nitrogen gas (LNG) barge for easy transportation, as well as an attempt to have cleaner and better fuel for the environment. Liquid nitrogen gas (LNG) is a new fuel source that big companies like Shell are trying to adapt to. This is in an attempt to use cleaner fuel due to natural gas being the cleanest fossil fuel. The process involves filtering out other particles (such as propane, butane, water, and mercury) to get pure natural gas and freezing the nitrogen to -162 degrees Celsius. This compacts the gas so tightly on a molecular level that it becomes a clear, colorless, non toxic liquid that is easy to transport and store for later use. Natural gas is safer than most since you need a very high intense heat to ignite it, unlike other fossil fuels.

It's a good step in finding affordable and clean energy, due to the new information found on LNG. Simply using LNG powered tug boats will reduce emission from marine vehicles significantly, and leave the opportunity for fairies, yachts, and other marine vehicles to be powered by the same fuel in the coming years. It also helps to achieve “decent work and economic growth.” With new innovations like this, it creates new jobs as well. Whenever new technology is found, there will always be people who are needed to create it, people to fix it, and people who can use it. It will only add to the economy and keep the rotation of money in the world flowing.

Liquid Nitrogen Gas Innovations

Inspiration

This innovation is a good step in finding affordable and clean energy, due to the new information found on LNG. Simply using LNG powered tug boats will reduce emission from marine vehicles significantly.

Overall impact

It generates 30% less carbon dioxide than oil, 45% less than coal, with an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide, and emits almost no environmentally damaging sulphur dioxide. LNG can be used to create mechanical, as well as, electrical power by using the rankine method. It involves using gas to turn a turbine to create power. The ignited LNG is pumped through, cooled using seawater, and chilled again to be reused for a continuous source of energy. If Conrad is able to do this, it will be a ground break in the industry and lower emission in marine transportation by leaps and bounds. It has opened the door for new fuel sources in the coming years in vehicle transportation.

Business benefit

The innovation has created a lot of business for Conrad Industries being the first to create LNG powered tugboats and barges. It has given the business a lot of profit as well as given a sense of purpose to employees and upper management since the innovation is better for the environment and intern society.

Social and environmental benefit

It generates 30% less carbon dioxide than oil, 45% less than coal, with an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide, and emits almost no environmentally damaging sulphur dioxide. LNG can be used to create mechanical, as well as, electrical power by using the rankine method. It involves using gas to turn a turbine to create power. The ignited LNG is pumped through, cooled using seawater, and chilled again to be reused for a continuous source of energy. If Conrad is able to do this, it will be a ground break in the industry and lower emission in marine transportation by leaps and bounds. It has opened the door for new fuel sources in the coming years in vehicle transportation.

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Conrad Industries

Conrad Industries

Morgan City, Louisiana, US

Business Website: https://www.conradindustries.com/

Year Founded: 1948

Number of Employees: 51 to 200

Conrad Shipyards specializes in the construction, conversion and repair of a wide variety of steel and aluminum marine vessels for commercial and government use.