Hexagon Composites' (Ålesund, Norway) wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln (Lincoln, Neb., USA) reported on March 10 that it has recently received new orders for its carbon fiber composite, Type 4 TUFFSHELL compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel cylinders to support heavy duty and transit vehicles in North America. The total value of the order is approximately $15 million, with most of the cylinders to be delivered in the second half of 2014. The first phase of Hexagon Lincoln's plant expansion is underway to fulfill these new orders.
It has always been the premise of Hexagon Composites that CNG is a great solution for transportation and storage of natural gas, and the company says the marketplace continues to affirm this position. Engine technology is improving at a fast rate — giving trucks more horsepower, engine efficiency and tank packaging aerodynamics — providing better fuel efficiency and increased range before refueling. The network of CNG refueling stations is rapidly expanding in North America with new stations to accommodate fast filling of Class 8 trucks. Most importantly, CNG prices are still the lowest available at the pump.
"When you consider unlimited hold times with no fuel loss, along with the ease in operation of CNG technology, it makes sense to see the market growth," says Chet Dawes, vice president CNG Automotive Products. "Our customers choose TUFFSHELL tanks because they are the most efficient, durable and safest tanks available."