Hydraulic Compressor for ‘Instant’ Capacity Enhancement
Safe North America and distribution partner Broadwind Energy are promoting “CNG Boost” hydraulic compression technology as an easy way to effectively add capacity at compressed natural gas fueling installations.
CNG Boost hydraulic compressors can operate with a wide range of suction pressure, Broadwind says, without a regulator.
“When the compressor is used as a booster, the system always supplies compressed gas at the right pressure, assuring the highest refueling pressure throughout the vehicle refueling cycle,” Broadwind says, “maximizing the use of storage volume and providing a vehicle full-fill.”
Better Performance, Reduced Maintenance
Broadwind notes that the CNG Boost compressor is also well suited for trailer unloading at daughter stations.
The two-cylinder, liquid-cooled compact CNG Boost design allows for installation in locations with limited space. “In addition, the operating speed and oil free design result in almost zero maintenance.”
Broadwind says that the add-on can maximize storage capacity up to 90% while increasing fuel delivery rates to as high as 19 gasoline gallon equivalents per minute.
CNG Boost is further said to allow existing compressors to work more efficiently, “reducing the amount of main compressor starts and stops,” and hence maintenance costs.
Safe, a unit of Italy’s Landi Renzo, has sold upwards of 3,000 compression systems in 44 countries. It established a North American arm last year with Mario Pirraglia as president (F&F, April 22, 2014).
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Source: Broadwind Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up