US-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has developed an innovative 5,000 psi (345 bar) tank for the emerging CNG virtual pipeline market and has shipped the first 100 units to an overseas customer.
|New 5,000 psi natural gas tank for virtual pipeline and other vehicle applications. Click to enlarge.|
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 tank was designed to maximize the transport density of natural gas at 5,000 psi and incorporates novel 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 said it was selected for this application due to its 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 Q-Lite CNG storage tank technology being utilized on thousands of Class 6-8 trucks around North America.