‘Gen2 G-Stor Go Said Lighter Than Luxfer’s First Type IVs
Luxfer Gas Cylinders is launching its long-awaited “Gen2 G-Stor Go” brand CNG fuel cylinder at ACT Expo 2016, offering an all-composite, all-carbon fiber tank it says is lighter and has a larger capacity than its first-generation Type IV cylinder, which was introduced at ACT Expo 2014 (F&F, May 2, 2014).
“We’ve increased the volume by 9% and reduced the weight by 15%,” says Luxfer alternative fuel business development director Mark Lawday.
For a truck with a back-of-cab CNG cylinder assembly, the improvement could add from 70 to 120 miles between fills, he says.
Better Than Competition’s ‘Hybrid’ Type IVs
“When compared to conventional competitive hybrid carbon-fiberglass cylinders, the DGE volume improvement increases to 14% and the weight savings grows to 30%,” Luxfer says.
“We’re seeing that level of improvement across our entire range,” Lawday told F&F.
Gen2 G-Stor Go cylinders with diameters of 22 to 27 inches are available. Lengths range from 40 to 140 inches. The new tanks feature a new polymer liner and a patented boss design for “the highest level of liner performance and gas retention.”
Proprietary Valves, Too
The Gen2 cylinders are equipped with Luxfer’s proprietary G-Flo valves for faster filling and more usable gas. “The combination of our higher-volume, lighter-weight cylinders and our unique valve technology should help relieve end-user ‘range anxiety’ about CNG-powered vehicles,” Lawday said.
Luxfer also offers G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG cylinders with aluminum liners.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016