Early Customer for Out-Size CNG Units is LNG Energy Solutions
Lincoln Composites has notched orders totaling some $3.5 million to supply lightweight Titan modules for compressed natural gas transport in the U.S., parent Hexagon Composites (Norway) reports.
The customers are NG Advantage of Vermont and LNG Energy Solutions of Pennsylvania.
The orders “represent a major milestone for us,” Lincoln North America sales director Chet Dawes says in a release.
“Titan has opened up the domestic CNG supply market and allows our customers to take advantage of the same operational cost savings we have seen demonstrated in other areas of the world.”
In June, Hexagon reported a contract to supply 55 lightweight Titan transport modules to SC Group in Thailand (F&F, July 2), where they are to support “mother-and-daughter” natural gas vehicle fueling supply.
Elsewhere, in locales as disparate as Vietnam and the Dominican Republic, Titan modules are used primarily to supply gas to industrial customers.
NG Advantage will use Titans to deliver natural gas to such large fuel users as factories and food processors throughout Vermont and adjacent New York, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine, Lincoln says, noting that the Milton, Vt. firm was the first U.S. company to place an order with Lincoln for Titans.
“It’s lighter than steel cylinders and about twice the capacity,” says NG Advantage founder Tom Evslin. “The Titans make a lot practical that was not before,” he told F&F. Evslin says that he and NG Advantage CEO Neale Lunderville are promoting natural gas for the engines that drive snowmaking machinery at New England ski areas. Daughter stations for CNG vehicle fueling are another potential market, Evslin says.
Mounting a Challenge Where LNG Rules
Pennsylvania’s LNG Energy Solutions was “formed to take advantage of rapidly growing shale gas resources and provide long-term gas supply to customers currently off the infrastructure grid,” Lincoln says, acknowledging that to-date, the focus has been on LNG for such applications.
“With Titan trailers,” Lincoln maintains, “this process can be simplified with the use of CNG, in many cases, instead of LNG making the delivery even more cost efficient for a broader scope of delivery need.”
Titan gas transportation modules are manufactured by Lincoln in Nebraska using the world’s largest Type 4 – all composite, carbon fiber on plastic – cylinders. Each four-cylinder module can hold more than 2,500 DGEs, or diesel gallon equivalents of CNG.
“Transport gas, not steel,” Lincoln says on its website. Lincoln’s Dave Myers will detail the use of Titan-borne CNG in lieu of LNG at the HHP Summit in late September in Houston.
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Source: Hexagon Composites release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up