‘Benefits & Options that Address the Key Performance Factors’
Austria’s Cryoshelter is bringing its second-generation liquefied natural gas fuel tanks for trucks to market, doing so at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. this coming May. With an innovative structure, improved insulation, and driver-friendly manifold placement, the U.S. R110-certified tanks are said to offer significant advantages in terms of both capacity and hold time for the cryogenic fuel.
Cryoshelter claims “the largest fuel capacity within a given frame space,” – as much as 30% more fuel on board.
The new tank’s thermal insulation architecture “increases fuel capacity by reducing the thickness of the insulation gap while matching the thermal performance of today’s state-of-the-art superinsulation systems,” states an advance notice shared with F&F.
From 70 to 200 Gallons
Cryoshelter’s ITS (for inner tank support) allows for modular parts so that LNG tanks can be built for a wide range of different sizes – from 70 to 200 gallons (270 to 750 liters). Cryoshelter “Shield Technology” provides “ten times the specific reflective thermal insulation capacity as multi-layer-insulation technologies used in current state-of-the-art LNG tanks,” the firm says, likewise helping to narrow the insulation gap, “which in turn increases the fuel capacity up to 20%.
“The overall efficiency of Cryoshelter’s thermal insulation systems leaves enough space to further improve the insulation performance for extended hold time options,” the company adds, “keeping the fuel cold longer without increasing the insulation gap.”
‘Worry-Free Operational Flexibility’
Hold time is increased to more than double the five-day statutory requirement prior to venting, for “worry-free operational flexibility in the daily and weekly scheduling of each LNG truck in the fleet… [the design] virtually eliminates venting for a broad range of applications.”
Cryoshelter places the tank’s manifold housing – fuel connector, safety valves, gauges – on the side of the tank instead of at the end for “user-friendly operation and maintenance.” And, moving the valves and controls from the end of the tank adds up to 10% fuel capacity.
The firm claims the largest fuel capacity within a given frame space – as much as 30% more fuel on board—thus providing extended range beyond that of existing LNG tanks.
The Cryoshelter tank has been certified to the UNECE/United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation 110, used in more than 50 countries. The pathway to certification was supported by a €1.7 million grant (approximately $1.8 million U.S. at current rates; F&F, June 8, 2015) via the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program.
Details at ACT Expo
“We will bring our second-generation LNG storage system to a wide variety of transportation customers worldwide who are adopting clean burning liquefied natural gas as a propulsion fuel,” says Cryoshelter CEO Dr. Matthias Rebernik. “As the market expands Cryoshelter will continue to work on additional technical enhancements to the tank system to meet the needs of the truck industry.”
“The new tank,” Cryoshelter says, “will transform the commercial prospects of LNG as a fuel alternative to diesel.” It’s to be promoted at this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which runs May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Cryoshelter with Fleets & Fuels follow-up