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Covess for Type V Fuel Cylinders

May 17, 2014 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Belgian Firm Suggests No Liner at All for Lightweight Tanks

The principals of Belgium-based Covess tested the waters of the U.S. natural gas vehicles market at ACT Expo 2104, striving to determine the best initial size for a new type of lightweight, “LongLive” brand compressed natural gas fuel cylinder – a “Type V” fuel vessel with no liner at all.

Fellow Flemings Tony Vanswijgenhoven of Covess and Paul Kerkhoven of NGVAmerica at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

Fellow Flemings Tony Vanswijgenhoven of Covess and Paul Kerkhoven of NGVAmerica at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

Instead of wrapping carbon and glass fibers over a plastic liner, as today’s Type IV manufacturers do, Covess places its fiber using centrifugal force, allowing the final product to be the lowest possible in weight.

The Hasselt-based firm, working with the Netherlands’ DSM, claims a “unique” polyamide (nylon) matrix material it says is up to 150 times less permeable by methane than conventional materials. Being a thermoplastic, it is fully recyclable.

Covess Is Looking for a U.S. Manufacturing Site Too

Customers can choose their own strength fibers – carbon, glass or “hybrid,” depending on application, Covess says.

Customers, Tony Vanswijgenhoven of Covess told F&F, say they want large lightweight cylinders suitable for large natural gas vehicles. Covess is seeking manufacturing locations too, eyeing sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, he said.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

 

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