Claims to Have Overcome the Technical Obstacles to ANG
And with Low Pressure Has Market Psychology on Its Side
Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. says it’s making steady progress and expects to commercialize its adsorbed natural gas storage and delivery system for natural gas vehicles, possibly by year-end. ANG holds the promise of reducing the cost of storing natural gas on a vehicle with activated carbon vessels working at far lower pressure than today’s compressed natural gas systems.
“Low pressure is the future of natural gas vehicles,” ANGP says. The Califon, N.J.-based firm has named MWV Specialty Chemicals, Worthington Industries, Aspen Compressor and Midwest Energy Solutions as members of a “world-class coalition” that will make ANG a commercial reality.
“We are on track to offer a game-changing automotive system that will enable more rapid adaptation of natural gas vehicles in the United States and, eventually, the international market,” ANGP co-founder and CEO Bob Bonelli said in a release. Depending on certification, product could be available for early adopters this year, he told F&F.
Pressure Is 25% of CNG’s
“We consider our technology an ‘enabling’ technology in that it has the potential to rapidly multiply the number of NGVs on American roads,” Bonelli said in an email: “Since our systems are ‘solid’ fuel modules (and with a ‘full pressure’ that is 25% of CNG’s) we have seen a greater psychological acceptance.”
“ANGP’s adsorbed natural gas storage and delivery system will provide significant economic value to the market. Low pressure is truly an enabling technology that will offer more flexible options for natural gas storage while dramatically lowering the cost of compression on a per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) basis,” he says in the announcement.
ANGP’s business model “leverages the developmental and manufacturing strength of its coalition partners,” the company says:
- North Charleston, S.C.- based MWV Specialty Chemicals (Ingevity) brings activated carbon monoliths, proven as capture materials for evaporative emissions on gasoline fueled automobiles;
- CNG cylinder manufacturer Worthington Industries, now working with ANGP and MWV to design and manufacture a line of certified ANG containers;
- Marlborough, Mass.- based Aspen Compressor, designer of a natural gas “fuel pump” using uses simple mechanical assistance to effectively extract fuel from the ANG vessel; and
- Midwest Energy Solutions, which designs and builds natural gas fueling stations.
Midwest “provided extensive, hands-on support in configuring and implementing ANGP’s demonstration bi-fuel vehicle, helping to fine tune ANGP’s adsorbed natural gas storage and delivery system integration,” ANGP says.
Regular Pipeline Gas
“We use pipeline quality natural gas,” Bonelli notes. The mercaptan is retained, so no extra methane detection equipment is required.
Bonelli told F&F too that the ANG system will save about 30¢ per gasoline gallon equivalent in compression costs (boosting margins for retailers). All in all, he says, home and private depot fueling will cost about 75% less.
He estimates that a heavy duty truck can be converted to dual fuel ANG-diesel operation for $25,000 and $30,000, as compared with the $65,000 to $75,000 premium for a new truck with a spark-ignited natural gas engine.
ANGP is also working to develop and manufacture low-cost, low-pressure home and depot fueling appliances.
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Source: ANGP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up