|Layout of the HPDI LNG fuel system. The cryogenic pump is part of the tank module. Click to enlarge.|
Westport Innovations and Cryostar SAS, a division of the BOC Group and a leader in cryogenic pump products, completed a License and Supply Agreement for the development, manufacture and supply of cryogenic liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel pumps, based on Westport’s cryogenic technology.
Westport will license its LNG pump technology on an exclusive basis to Cryostar for use in the heavy-duty automotive market, and has agreed to source any High-Pressure Direct-Injection (HPDI) LNG fuel pumps it requires for the heavy-duty automotive market from Cryostar. Cryostar will also have the right to manufacture and sell pumps incorporating Westport’s LNG pump technology to other customers.
The Westport LNG fuel pump and related systems is the only automotive LNG supply module available today, according to the company. The Cryostar HPDI pump module is fully integrated with vehicle computer control systems, and is capable of delivering up to 100 kg/hr of warm compressed natural gas to the engine at pressures up to 5,000 psi.
This agreement with Cryostar represents another important step in building a reliable and scalable supply chain to support large scale commercial deployment of our HPDI heavy duty LNG trucks. The off-engine LNG fuel system, consisting of the LNG fuel pump and LNG tank, is a critical component of the overall HPDI vehicle solution.—Michael Gallagher, President & CEO of Westport
Last week, Westport and Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. formed a 50:50 owned, independent joint venture company—BTIC Westport (BWI)—to market liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications. (Earlier post.)