Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Irvine, Calif., USA) reported on Aug. 8 that it has secured a purchase contract for 200 additional ultra-light weight, high-capacity compressed natural gas (CNG) storage systems from a large U.S. natural gas vehicle integrator of light-duty trucks.
With the price of natural gas projected to stay relatively low for the foreseeable future, the pace of conversion to natural gas fuel has accelerated, driving up demand for Quantum's carbon fiber composite high-capacity CNG storage systems, which Quantum says are the lightest in the industry.
Quantum tanks enable relatively simple vehicle integration, allowing elimination of heavy structural reinforcement that is necessary to integrate competing heavier tanks. Light-weight tanks also help to reduce operation and maintenance costs and to improve gas mileage and payload capacity. Lightweight tanks enable trucks and buses to carry significantly more fuel on board and operate over long distances without compromising payload capacity or driving characteristics.
"We are pleased with the repeat business, and positive feedback from integrators and customers on the product quality and upfront and on-going financial and operational benefits of using Quantum's lightweight CNG systems," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, Quantum's president and CEO.
According to the California Energy Commission, natural gas-powered heavy duty vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 23 percent and particulate matter by up to 95 percent compared to conventional diesel-powered models.