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    First-Ever LP Gas Global Technology Conference Features Propane Innovations for Agriculture Use

    Inaugural Conference Fosters Exchange of Information, Ideas

     

    Chicago, Ill., August 18, 2006—Drawing together members of the global propane industry in a technical setting for the first time ever, the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) present the 2006 LP Gas Global Technology Conference (GTC), to be held in conjunction with the 19th annual World LP Gas Forum on October 17-20 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. While the Forum seeks to expand the future growth of the propane industry, the GTC provides the global LP gas community with the opportunity to learn about new propane-related innovations that will advance research and development efforts and expand the industry.

    Building on the theme “Technology Driving Growth,” the GTC focuses specifically on technical advances in the fields of distributed power generation, autogas, agriculture, fuel quality, operations, and safety, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial technologies. Approximately 40 papers will be presented, representing innovations from 11 countries.

    “The presentations and interactive technical demonstrations will give attendees a first-hand look at current and future technologies,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of PERC and chairman of the WLPGA Global Technology Network. “This exchange of technological information and ideas among research entities and the worldwide industry is crucial to increasing global market opportunities for propane.”

    One technology highlighted at the GTC will be a cutting-edge agricultural tool that utilizes propane and water to generate steam to control weeds in orchards and vineyards. Developed in Australia by D.J. Batchen Pty. Ltd., the Batchen Stinger allows farmers to implement an efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly, weed control solution that holds the potential to significantly reduce applications of chemical pesticides. As compared to chemical treatments, workers can re-enter fields immediately and there are no harvest delays or risk of spray drift to sensitive areas near fields. The technology is rapidly gaining acceptance among growers involved in organic and conventional orchard, vineyard, and bramble crop production.

    Another featured innovation is a propane-fueled poultry house sanitizer by Flame Engineering Inc. (LaCrosse, KS) called the Red Dragon. This technology utilizes six liquid propane torches to project intense, sweeping flames that significantly reduce pathogens, burn off toxic ammonia, and increase the livability of chickens in the crucial third and fourth weeks. Producers will see a marked improvement on the feed-conversion rate, a key component to profitability. The propane industry also stands to benefit, because if 10 percent of broiler producers used propane flame sanitization, propane consumption would increase by 2.5 million gallons per year.

    Bringing these innovations and industry members from across the globe to Chicago makes it easy and affordable for anyone interested in the propane industry to attend the conference. For a $350 fee, attendees have access to all of the presentations at the GTC, save up to 15 percent on the standard nightly room rates at the Palmer House Hilton, and receive discounts at nearby Chicago attractions. Above all, attendees have the opportunity to learn and contribute to the future success of the LP Gas industry.

    ”We’re excited about the opportunity to share this technology with the global agricultural community” stated PERC Director of Agriculture Programs, Mark Leitman. “PERC’s sponsorship of these innovative technologies has raised awareness among U.S. farmers of the broad-range use of propane in agriculture.”

    Sponsored by major LP gas and equipment suppliers including AmeriGas, UGI Corporation, BP, Ferrellgas, Ferrell North America, and Blue Rhino, among others, the 2006 World LP Gas Forum will also include an exhibition showcasing new cutting-edge technologies, equipment, and services from LP gas companies around the globe, as well as a Gala Dinner at the world famous Field Museum of Natural History for post-business hours networking in a relaxed atmosphere.

    For more information on the events or to register for the GTC or the 2006 World LP Gas Forum, visit www.wlpgasforum2006.com or contact PERC’s Grace Willis at (202)452-8975 or WLPGA’s Volker Andresen at +33 1 58 05 28 00.

    The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) unites the broad interests of the worldwide LP Gas industry into one independent organization. Established in 1987, the WLPGA is the authoritative voice of the international LP Gas industry with a membership spanning the globe. It brings together private and public companies involved in one, several or all activities of the industry. Producers, marketers, transporters, equipment manufacturers, distributors, national and regional LP Gas associations, and consulting engineering firms are all represented. WLPGA is based in Paris, France. For more information, visit www.worldlpgas.com.

    The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 trade organization that is authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA), Public Law 104-284. PERC was created "to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, to provide for research and development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, and to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane." PERC is based in Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to promoting the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source. For more information, visit www.propanecouncil.org.