First Anniversary for Agility’s Vertically Integrated Plant

| USA, Santa Ana CA

Agility workshop at SalisburyAgility Fuel Solutions, an international developer and manufacturer of all-composite cylinders and natural gas fuel systems for heavy-duty vehicles, is celebrating one year of production at its state-of-the-art facility in Salisbury, N.C. The $20 million flagship plant, opened in October 2015, is the only vertically integrated facility of its kind in North America and has revolutionized how natural gas fuel systems are manufactured and assembled. Read more »

Cobham Selected by Altech-Eco for Type IV Cylinders


Cobham Type IV CNG CylinderCobham Mission Systems, a division of global technology and services innovator Cobham, has been selected by Altech-Eco Corporation, a US manufacturer of fuel conversion systems for light duty vehicles, as a preferred supplier for Type 4 cylinders. Altech-Eco is an approved Ford QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) CNG technology developer. Read more »

Hexagon Composites Acquires xperion

| Norway and Germany

xperion x-store CNG cylindersNorway’s Hexagon Composites ASA has enhanced its commitment to alternative energy by entering into an agreement to acquire German company xperion Energy & Environment. The acquisition will enable Hexagon Composites to strengthen its global market presence and further broaden its gas storage product and technology portfolio. Read more »

Agility Fuel Solutions Merger Finalized

| USA, Santa Ana CA

agility-fuel-systems-global-locationsAgility Fuel Systems and Hexagon Composites have finalized their merger effective October 3, 2016. The merger unites Hexagon Composites’ CNG Automotive Products Division, which includes medium- and heavy-duty vehicle composite cylinder manufacturing operations and its bus systems, with Agility to form the new company, Agility Fuel Solutions. Read more »

U.S. DOT Approves Lightstore High Capacity Pressure Vessels

| USA, Berkeley CA

Lightsail 'Lightstore' CNG CylindersThe United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has approved a permit application from LightSail Energy, a developer of sustainable energy technologies, for its breakthrough high capacity, lightweight, low-cost carbon composite pressure vessels. Read more »

Quantum Fuel Systems Acquired by Douglas Acquisitions

| USA, Lake Forest CA

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies (Quantum) has a new lease of life and identity after being acquired by Douglas Acquisitions LLC. The transaction, initiated in April of this year, has now been finalized. Quantum, a manufacturer of CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel systems for the automotive and heavy-duty industry, is renamed Quantum Fuel Systems LLC, a company wholly owned by Douglas. Read more »

Luxfer Type IV Cylinders Selected by Mainstay

| USA, Piedmont SC

Mainstay Fuel Technologies - Truck (sm)Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc., specializing in designing, engineering and producing CNG fuel-delivery systems, has opted for Luxfer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders for its heavy duty truck onboard fuel systems. The selected product, the Gen2 G-STOR® Go Type 4 cylinders, consists of a Luxfer-manufactured aluminium liner fully over-wrapped with aerospace-grade carbon fibre. Read more »

Hexagon CNG Cylinders for Indonesian Conversions

| Norway and Indonesia
Hexagon Raufoss CNG System

Hexagon Raufoss CNG System

One thousand new Hexagon Raufoss Type IV cylinders have been ordered by PT Autogas in Indonesia, for conversion of taxis and government vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG), reports parent company Hexagon Composites. Indonesia’s government is facilitating a transition to natural gas as an alternative to diesel and gasoline. Read more »

Optimum Awarded Patent for Type 4 Boss

| USA, Brigham City UT

On May 31 this year Optimum Composite Technologies, LLC., based in the US state of Utah, was awarded its patent for their Type 4 Boss from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The company is working on certifying a type 4 CNG tank using this technology and plans on having one ready for market by the start of 2017. Read more »

Emcara Viper PRD Designed for 5000psi

| Canada, Guelph ON

Emcara Gas Development Inc., Canadian designer and manufacturer of alternative fuel systems, has developed a new pressure relief device (PRD) for systems that have a working pressure of 5,000psi -- the Viper PRD. It continues to have the patent long-trigger technology that allows for full protection coverage of a cylinder or a bank of cylinders (tanks) in a CNG system of any size.   In addition to the existing benefits of the technology, Emcara explains that many upgrades were made to address concerns about the protection of CNG systems in the industry. The Viper PRD also has the added benefit of a higher flow rate when venting in the case of a fire. This allows gas to escape at a faster and more efficient manner, as it is extremely important to get the gas out as quickly as possible avoiding any possibility of a tank rupture.  The internal mechanism utilized in this model of PRD is extremely robust, which increases its performance over the toughest of road conditions, this also includes enhanced corrosion protection.  The Viper PRD trigger can range from 4’ to 45’ in length. The trigger line also allows for detection of smaller fires over the length of the line. Localized fires as small as 5” can now be detected in some conditions.  The Viper PRD is fully certified to ANSI/CSA PRD1.2013* and is ready for use in the market.  *ANSI/CSA PRD1.2013 currently offers only a 3,600 psi certification  (Source: Emcara Gas Development Inc.)Emcara Gas Development Inc., Canadian designer and manufacturer of alternative fuel systems, has developed a new pressure relief device (PRD) for CNG systems that have a working pressure of 5,000psi — the Viper PRD. As for all Emcara PRD products, the Viper has the patent long-trigger technology that allows for full protection coverage of a cylinder or a bank of cylinders (tanks) in a system of any size.  Read more »