Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc, a leader in natural gas storage systems, integration, and vehicle system technologies, has developed an innovative 5,000 psi tank for the emerging compressed natural gas (CNG) virtual pipeline market and has shipped the first 100 units to a foreign-based customer.
The tank was developed in connection with the customer's arrangement with an industrial firm to transport CNG in bulk quantities to locations where natural gas pipeline infrastructure is nonexistent. On a broader scale, virtual CNG pipeline applications include natural gas transport to remote manufacturing and power generation sites, mines, oil and gas fields, and marine.
The 640-liter (169-gallon) tank was designed to maximize the transport density of natural gas at 5,000 psi and incorporates unique design characteristics with patented interfaces enabling high capacity. In addition, the customer has a proprietary tank fill technology which allows for innovative refueling and elevated use of the tanks' available capacity.
Quantum was selected for this demanding application due to its industry leading Q-Lite tank technology available for CNG and hydrogen applications that delivers the lightest weight and highest capacity of any high pressure gaseous fuel tank in the industry. The virtual pipeline tank is a derivative of Quantum's highly successful Q-Lite CNG storage tank technology being utilized on thousands of Class 6-8 trucks around North America.
"We have always prided ourselves on engineering the future of CNG and this first-of-its-kind 5,000 psi CNG storage vessel can be used across a multitude of industries and applications,” said Mr. Brian Olson, president and chief executive officer of Quantum. The CNG virtual pipeline will be one of the first applications and we see emerging opportunities for this innovative tank in the United States as well as international markets. There are approximately 6,200 trillion cubic feet of stranded natural gas estimated around the world and our light-weight 5,000 psi virtual pipeline tank will enable natural gas transporters and industrial manufacturers to take advantage of high capacity storage and tap into a low-cost energy source."
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