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Quantum introduces new Q-Lite series of ultra-lightweight natural gas vehicle fuel storage systems

7 November 2012

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. is introducing new and enhanced natural gas storage technology aimed at the heavy duty long-haul and medium-duty vehicle segments, among others. The new Q-Lite series of fuel systems have been optimized to maximize vehicle range by means of dematerialization and application of new generation materials, by leveraging Quantum’s technology in extreme high-pressure hydrogen storage.

The Q-Lite technology is the first in a planned series of advanced fuel system technologies enabling broader scale adoption through lighter weight and more robust storage systems.

—Brian Olson, Quantum’s Chief Executive Officer and President

This new and enhanced ultra-lightweight natural gas storage technology includes a one-piece lightweight liner system that maximizes storage capacity, and new shock absorbers and a highly optimized corrosion and fatigue-resistant structural shell that incorporates high strength lightweight aluminum fittings.

Developed at Quantum’s Technology Center in Lake Forest, California, the advanced composite natural gas storage cylinder provides weight reduction, increased fuel storage capacity, and the capability to integrate on vehicles with simple lightweight brackets, resulting in an overall reduction in fuel system weight.

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Multifuel vehicles have the same reliability advantages as plug in hybrids and will sell much easier. Massive fuel savings are being ignored by vehicle makers of all kinds by failing to adopt the Artemis technology of digital controlled hydrualics now owned by Bosch-Rexroth. Its development as a windturbine transmission by Artemis and its new owner points to the massive power and efficiency of the design. INNAS NOAX also has highly efficient hydraulic designs which demonstrate the elimination of crankshafts in engines for flexible control.

Most automobiles made should have the ability to install a few small lightweight methane tanks for short distance travel which is the majority of vehicle travel. Long range large vehicles can use LNG which can be kept cool with Stirling refrigeration. The novel form of CNG storage in coiled tubes might be adopted as there is little theoretical advantage in cost or materials of large tanks over small ones.

It is politics and beliefs rather than ability and knowledge which is keeping liquid automotive fuels expensive. Many factories to convert methane to gasoline could have been built for the extra high prices paid for fuels. The UK government could have put extra taxes upon fuels and paid for such units and be reaping massive profits in additional fuel taxes on its investment and saved much on the promotion of biofuels which have devastated square miles of virgin forests. The conversion of methane into petrol and using it releases less CO2 than does the production and use of petrol from crude oil and more efficient conversions will be invented as time goes on. Also Nuclear electricity can supplant gas and coal generation so that this carbon can be used where it is needed.

The first automobile with a built in nuclear power source is still in service and creeping over road less terrain far from refueling opportunities. The built in fuel will last usefully for decades. The builders would have used less fuel if they had implemented hydraulic hybrid technology. ..HG..

That new liquid piston home methane compressor may improve the uptake of CNG vehicles in the US.

Surprised the UK has not implemented massive CTL conversion plants, oil must still be too cheap or their coal is too expensive.

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