Peat Gas

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Peat Gas

 

a product of the carbonization of peat. The composition of peat gas depends on the moisture content of the peat used: C02 (8.3–9.4 percent by volume), CmH, (0.4 percent), 02(0.1–0.2 percent), CO (25–27 percent), H2 (16–17 percent), CH4(2.3–3.0 percent), and N2 (44.5–45.5 percent). The heat of combustion is 1,450–1,550 Calories per m3 (6.15–6.5 megajoules per m3). The production of peat gas in the USSR is declining as a result of the increased production of natural gas.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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