Simple-Fill, developer of an innovative technology that compresses natural gas in a more efficient, reliable and affordable way, will be fueling fleet vehicles for the Safelite AutoGlass® facility in Worthington, Ohio. The largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company in the U.S. has tapped Simple-Fill to reduce operating expense with a more predictable and environmentally friendly fuel to power their commercial fleet.
“We are committed to innovation in all aspects of our business, including exploration of alternative methods for fueling our fleet of vehicles,” said Doug Herron, EVP & CFO of Safelite AutoGlass. “We’ve searched for a partner in our quest for fuel efficiency as well as carbon footprint reduction, and we are excited to partner with Simple-Fill to finally make it happen. With a technology that compresses natural gas in a more efficient way, Simple-Fill is delivering an affordable solution for compressing natural gas. We’re hopeful their solution will enable us to fulfill our efficiency and social responsibility goals, so we can continue to focus on delivering a memorable service experience for our customers.”
Unlike conventional compression methods, Simple-Fill uses liquid to compress, cool and dehydrate natural gas, while eliminating methane leakage. The technology was originally conceived in 2012 at The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research. In 2014, Simple-Fill signed an exclusive technology license with Ohio State and has been developing the technology since. Today, Simple-Fill is working with leaders in the CNG industry, including Worthington Industries and Parker Hannifin Corporation to bring this unique approach to the mass market.
“With the volatility of oil prices, we recognize the power of our approach to deliver a better compressor to fuel today’s vehicles,” said Rob Underhill, founder and president of Simple-Fill. “Our partnership with Safelite AutoGlass signals a first step in bringing our technology to more fleets and we are excited about what is on the horizon for natural gas compression.”