Last month, the company filed for U.S. and international patents on its breakthrough Adsorbent Natural Gas (ANG) equipment. The storage cylinder technology and conversion system requires less pressure to operate a natural gas vehicle and allows for more storage in the same size cylinder. With lower pressure requirements, compressors for homes or businesses will cost less to purchase, operate and maintain.
Cenergy Solutions tested its ANG Storage System and Pro ANG Conversion System on a vehicle with a GMC 8.1 liter engine (one of GMC’s largest production engines) for over 10,000 miles in conditions that include heavy payloads, high altitude and cold weather. “The results have been very positive, and we look forward to testing the system in two distinct and separate commercial fleets,” Gary Fanger, Chief Operating Officer of Cenergy Solutions.
The technology can be applied to existing natural gas cylinders, which typically have a service life of 15 to 20 years. The specialized equipment will also make it possible to use low pressure (350-700 psi) cylinders that are lighter and can be conformed to fit in various areas of empty space in a vehicle.
The innovations were made possible by collaborating with global energy storage company EnerG2. “We’re trying to eliminate the gasoline-driven vehicle, and our partnership and collaboration with Cenergy Solutions is certainly pushing us down that path,” explains Aaron Feaver, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of EnerG2. “This is a significant breakthrough that will have lasting impact on several different fronts.”
NW Natural, a local natural gas distribution company, has been working with EnerG2 to improve the fuel storage on board vehicles that use CNG.
Source: Cenergy Solutions.