Cimarron Composites to supply Shell with hydrogen gas transport modules
Composite cylinders at 517 bar and 2,000 liters will enable 1,200 kilograms of hydrogen gas to be transported between fueling stations on 40-foot-long trailers.
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Cimarron Composites (Huntsville, Ala., U.S.) has signed a five-year purchase agreement with Shell Oil company to provide advanced composite cylinders for hydrogen gas transport modules.
Operating at 517 bar (7,500 psi), the 2,000-liter cylinders will allow Shell to transport at least 1,200 kilograms of hydrogen gas on 40-foot-long trailers between fueling stations in California.
Cimarron president Tom DeLay explains these cylinders are approved for worldwide applications, and similar trailers will be used in locations across Europe. They can also be used for other industrial gases.
Cimarron’s carbon fiber-reinforced composite tubes can be customized to various lengths for volumes between 540 and 3,000 liters. Cimarron is currently developing a 700 bar (10,000 psi) version of a similar tube for use in automotive and truck vehicles.
All of Cimarron’s tanks pass the required tests for US DOT and ADR approvals as specified by the UN ISO 11515 document.
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