Al Gore and REL’s Conformable CNG Tank Among the Highlights
Former VP Al Gore and the conformable compressed natural gas fuel tank developed by Michigan’s REL are among the attractions as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy hosts its annual Energy Innovation Summit next week outside Washington.
ARPA-E’s Energy Innovation Summit takes place February 29-March 2 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
REL’s single piece conformable natural gas tank, integrated into a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado are among the products included in the event’s Tech Showcase.
A ‘Portfolio of Innovative Energy Technologies’
The Summit “comes just months after the historic United Nations climate negotiations in Paris where countries around the world committed to combating climate change,” states a release.
“To implement these ambitious targets, the United States looks to ARPA-E’s portfolio of innovative energy technologies to provide options for a low-carbon economy and to help convene America’s top scientists and engineers to solve pressing energy challenges in the U.S. and around the globe.”
Organizers expect more than 2,000 stakeholders from across the energy and technology sectors “to discuss cutting-edge issues and facilitate relationships geared toward moving transformational energy technologies into the marketplace.”
In addition to Al Gore, scheduled speakers include
- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz,
- U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy,
- U.S. Senator Christopher Coons,
- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski,
- U.S. Representative Bill Foster,
- ARPA-E director Ellen Williams,
- World Bank Group president Dr. Jim Yong Kim,
- Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek, and
- BASF Corp chairman and CEO Wayne Smith.
Advanced materials VP Adam Loukus of REL described his company’s Matrix technology for making rectilinear CNG storage containers with 20% to 25% greater storage capacity that today’s cylinders at ARPA-E’s MOVE/Methane Opportunities for Vehicle Energy conference preceding this past fall’s NGVAmerica meeting in Denver (F&F, September 22).
Advanced casting of high-strength aluminum into complex shapes is the key, Loukus said, reporting that the REL vessel has been tested to 8,100 psi. He said in Denver that REL he expects to produce a 10-GGE/gasoline gallon equivalent CNG tank for as little as $800 to $1,000.
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