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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.