18-by-27-Inch Cylinder for ‘Extra Flexibility’
Utah’s Optimum Composite Technologies reports certification, and says deliveries have begun, of a versatile new compressed natural gas fuel cylinder –an 18-inch-diameter by 37-inch Type III tank with two port sizes.
“Having two separate port sizes makes this CNG tank highly adaptable and adds extra flexibility,” Optimum customer relations manager Chad Morgan said in announcing the new cylinder.
The new CNG tank has passed required bonfire tests in order to fully utilize the large 2-inch port on one end and the more common 1.125-inch port on the other end of the tank.
Common Hardware Compatibility
The 2-inch port facilitates using Impco Technologies’ internal solenoid tank valve with integral pressure relief device, commonly used on GM and Honda conversions, Optimum says. The 1.125-inch port facilities using OMB’s Lyra or Beta valves, or a Sherwood valve and GFI pressure relief device.
“I know of no other tank on the market that offers this flexibility,” Morgan said. “This new certification strengthens our presence in the light duty sector of the CNG market.”
The new CNG tank is certified to ANSI’s NGV2 standard for compressed natural gas vehicle fuel containers and meets the U.S. DOT’s FMVSS 304 standard, Optimum says.
It “provides an ideal fit for the cargo space in the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Ford Intercept, and smaller SUVs,” Morgan said.
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Source: Optimum Composite Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up