Adsorbed Natural Gas Products Inc. (ANGP), a company that designs, develops and manufactures onboard, low-pressure adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage technology, says it has installed the industry’s first ANSI NGV2-certified ANG active storage system.
The system, which the company calls its first generation (GEN 1) ANG system, contains six activated carbon monolith-filled seamless aluminum cylinders, which are fully ANSI NGV2-certified for an operating pressure of 900 psig, and the company’s low-pressure fuel management system.
According to ANGP, the first system was installed on a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck equipped with Ford’s CNG/LPG-ready 3.7 liter V6 bi-fuel engine for gasoline or natural gas operation.
“Today, we have met the challenge of producing a fully ANSI NGV2-certified, low-pressure ANG storage system for motor vehicles,” says Bob Bonelli, co-founder and CEO of ANGP. “Our GEN 1 system proves that low-pressure storage for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) is not only a possibility, but a commercial reality complying with the most demanding certification standards in the industry.”
The company asserts that the GEN 1 ANG system includes these industry firsts:
- ANSI NGV2 certification, conducted by tank manufacturer Worthington Industries, which allows for over-the-road use of the vehicle;
- Seamless monolith-filled cylinders, containing Ingevity Corp.’s Nuchar Fuelsorb-activated carbon monoliths, developed and produced for ANGP; and
- ANGP’s patent-pending fuel extraction and pressurization system, which engages as tank pressure drops below 125 psig to ensure consistent fuel when the tank approaches empty and is equipped with miniature compressor technology from Aspen Compressor LLC.
I have been waiting eagerly to test one of these tanks out. I drive a CNG vehicle daily and was interested when the timeline will be for this to be ready for the public.