Groundbreaking, lightweight and cost-effective fuel storage, shaped to fit the vehicle

Westport™ CNG Conformable Storage technology uses multiple, connected, optimally sized chambers to create CNG fuel storage in shapes that conform to other forms of energy storage such a liquid fuels or battery packs. Westport™ CNG Conformable Storage uses conventional composite materials to produce a space efficient, tough, lightweight and low cost storage solution for CNG vehicles.

Westport is working with OEMs and Automotive manufacturing partners to produce a breakthrough in CNG fuel storage.

Benefits

35% More Fuel Stored

Up to 35% More
Fuel Stored

When compared to multiple conventional composite CNG cylinders occupying the sometimes complex spaces designated for fuel storage.
Ease of Installation

Ease of
Installation

The simplicity of a single fuel module in place of multiple, separate CNG cylinders, brackets, valves and pipes.
Lower Costs

Lower
Costs

More efficient use of carbon fibre, streamlined manufacturing process and reduction in part count builds to significant cost savings compared to conventional composite CNG cylinders.
Multi-Fuel Capability

Multi-fuel
Capability

Compatible with CNG and all forms of Renewable Natural Gas ("RNG").

Features

  • Optimized diameter, thin-wall chambers
  • Lattice packing to maximise fuel storage
  • Continuously extruded polymer liner
  • Ability to select chamber length and liner folding pattern to conform to available shape in-vehicle
  • The quantity of carbon fibre needed for a given storage volume is similar / less than conventional type IV storage
  • The carbon fibre is deposited over the liner in a multi-layer braid
  • Liner, braid and resin materials are similar to other Type IV tanks
  • The automotive supply chain can be used to manufacture the key components
  • The integral enclosure provides protection to the storage chambers

Market Opportunity

Enables compressed natural gas vehicles to retain full utility while providing customers with the driving range they need in an economic and lightweight package.

CNG vehicles with Westport™ CNG Conformable Storage become more attractive to customers and OEMs.

Can be combined with all available CNG engine technologies to provide significant savings in terms of Green House Gas and localized pollutants.

Supports widespread deployment of natural gas vehicles. Natural gas is a clean-burning low carbon fuel, which results in 25% lower CO2 emission per unit energy output when burned compared with gasoline and diesel fuel under conditions of complete combustion. Natural gas also enables vehicles to achieve lower levels of Criteria Air Contaminants (CAC) such as oxides of nitrogen, non-methane hydrocarbons particulate emissions*.

*US EIA (Energy Information Administration) https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=73&t=11, adjusted for the lower to higher heating value ratio of the fuels http://cta.ornl.gov/bedb/appendix_a/Lower_and_Higher_Heating_Values_of_Gas_Liquid_and_Solid_Fuels.pdf http://www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/natural_gas_emissions.html

For more information please contact sales@westport.com

News Releases

Industry News

Published: April 19

US-based Clean Energy Fuels Teams With Amazon on Rng

A significant confirmation for renewable natural gas playing an important role in the overall energy mix for transportation moving forward. The focus on reducing carbon will continue to bring renewable natural gas solutions to the spotlight.

Published: February 8

Amazon orders hundreds of trucks that run on natural gas

Amazon.com Inc has ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting trucks.

Published: October 6

Volvo Trucks sees increased interest in LNG

Swedish truck maker Volvo said it’s seeing hauliers and transport buyers moving towards refrigerated liquefied gas as a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel.

Published: September 30

India: Maruti Suzuki sells 300,000 units of the WagonR S-CNG

The Maruti Suzuki WagonR S-CNG has emerged as the highest selling natural gas vehicle in the country, as this greener and safer factory-fitted CNG model has surpassed 300,000 units in sales.

Published: September 24

Why Fleet Managers Anheuser Busch Kehe Distributors are Fueling Renewable Natural Gas

While much attention has shifted to the potential for battery-electric or hydrogen vehicles, another technology with a vast infrastructure — renewable natural gas — is gaining traction among fleet managers.

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