Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif., USA), a manufacturer of natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, announced on Dec. 16 that it has launched a new line of QLite composite compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks that can be collar-mounted for back-of-cab systems and side rail-mounted systems. These storage solutions complement Quantum's existing family of strap-mounted tank systems. Quantum has received an initial order for the new collar-mounted tanks and anticipates initial shipments to begin near the end of this month for a high-volume CNG integrator.
The first application of Quantum's new collar-mount product line is associated with a 21-inch-diameter by 80-inch-long tank (86 inches overall length with collar neck) that stores 28.4 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent). Other sizes will soon be available with collar-mount versions, including Quantum's industry leading 25-inch-diameter tanks in a variety of lengths. The tanks are a varient of Quantum's standard strap-mount design, except the end bosses have been extended to allow for collar mounting. This is said to maximize commonality in manufacturing to provide the high customer value.
The QLite technology has set standards for the optimization of carbon fiber, yielding the lightest tank in the industry. Quantum's tanks also provide the greatest fuel capacity in a given volume. These capabilities are incorporated in Quantum's product line of collar-mounted tanks.