UK Company Has 4,000-Hour Compressor to Commercialize,
Multiple Units with On-Site Storage Could Serve Small Fleets
Britain’s Gasfill is seeking a manufacturing partner for a new home refueling appliance, or HRA for natural gas vehicles. Gasfill has a modular design it says lends itself to local assembly of “Gasfill Home” HRAs built around its patented long-life compressor.
Gasfill’s edge is a “three-stage concentric cylinder compressor with a reciprocating action,” says managing director Norman Leece. Gasfill holds a UK patent and ten European patents on the unique, oil-free, electric motor-powered compressor, he says, with a U.S. patent pending.
Leece predicts five years of home service life for the compressor – about 4,000 hours of operation. To succeed, “It needs to be like an appliance,” he told F&F – a product that consumers don’t have to worry about, for years on end. The overall unit has a 12,000-hour design life.
One GGE Per Hour
The Gasfill Home can transfer compressed natural gas to a vehicle at an average rate of about one gasoline gallon equivalent per hour, Leece says, while consuming about 2.13 kilowatt hours of electricity per GGE.
“We are looking for a company with the capacity to assemble high volume compressed gas appliances and the ability to open up routes to market in target regions,” Leece said in an announcement circulated today. “With the right partner, we are confident of capturing an early and leading share of this exciting market,” he said.
The product, combined with on-site storage, could support small fleets on a fast-fill basis too, Leece says. Two Gasfill Home units could serve as many as ten CNG vans with 50-mile-per-day duty requirements, he says.
Europe and the U.S. are Gasfll’s priorities, with Asia and other global regions to follow. A “flexible technology platform” allows the Gasfill home fueler to “be adapted to meet specific performance and operational demands between countries.”
A Million Per Year?
Gasfill has a 3,000-psi variant and a 3,600-psi unit for North America. “We’ve designed it for the U.S. market,” Leece says. “We always knew that we would have to export.”
Leicester-based Gasfill says that it “estimates the global market opportunity for HRAs could be over one million units per year based on an expectation that NGVs will ultimately represent 5% of the global vehicle park by 2025.”
“We are keen to find an established company able to handle the next stage in its commercial development,” Leece said of the Gasfill Home.
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Source: Gasfill with Fleets & Fuels follow-up