Purveyor of CNG Joins Forces with Nano-Materials Specialist
For the Improved Storage of Fuel Onboard Natural Gas Vehicles
EnerG2 and NW Natural have teamed to try to improve the onboard fuel storage capability of natural gas vehicles by developing a new ANG – adsorbed natural gas – technology.
Seattle-based EnerG2 specializes in nano-carbon materials with applicability in areas including lithium ion batteries.
Portland, Ore.-based NW Natural is a large independent natural gas utility, serving some 695,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The firm recently received approval from the Public Utility Commission of Oregon to offer a service to install, own and maintain compressed natural gas equipment for CNG fleet customers.
‘An Even More Attractive Choice’
“We believe the adsorbent technology that we’re developing with EnerG2 will make natural gas fleets an even more attractive choice for business owners,” NW Natural CNG program manager Chris Galati says in a release.
The EnerG2 material for ANG allows similar volumes of gas to be stored at lower pressure levels of 500- to 800-psi, as compared with the 3,600 psi standard in the U.S. and Canada today. It “is compatible with any and all tank geometries and systems,” the announcement says.
‘Tremendous Design Efficiency and No Wasted Space’
“Our carbon adsorbent material for natural gas enables tremendous design efficiency and no wasted space, because a low-pressure tank can be shaped more like a traditional gasoline tank to fit in a space onboard a vehicle that’s about half the size of a high-pressure cylinder,” said EnerG2 CTO and co-founder Aaron Feaver.
EnerG2 claims “the first and only manufacturing facility in the world dedicated to the commercial scale production of nano-engineered polymer material for high-performance energy storage applications. The firm’s 74,000-square-foot ISO 9001:2008-certified plant in Albany, Ore., came online in February 2012.
The firms said that they expect to complete a series of bench and vehicle road tests in the second quarter of 2014.
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Source: EnerG2 and NW Natural with Fleets & Fuels follow-up