Luxfer Gas Cylinders has made the first delivery of its new G-Stor® Go polymer-lined, carbon composite Type 4 cylinders for containment of compressed natural gas (CNG). Luxfer introduced the new line of cylinders at the NGV Global-ACT Expo tradeshow in Long Beach, Calif., in May.
The initial sale was to Heartland Energy Options, an Oklahoma-based company that specializes in converting vehicles to run on natural gas. Ford Motor Company recently certified Heartland as a qualified vehicle modifier (QVM), and Heartland is converting Ford F-Series full-size pickup trucks into bi-fuel vehicles that will run on either gasoline or CNG.
Heartland is using 22-inch-diameter G-Stor Go cylinders built around a proprietary aluminum boss and a seamless, high-density polymer liner fully wrapped with aerospace-grade carbon fiber in an epoxy matrix.
Mark Lawday, Luxfer’s business development director for the alternative fuel (AF) market, said Luxfer is in the process of expanding its Type 4 product line to include cylinders up to 26 inches in diameter in a variety of lengths, including cylinders for class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Luxfer began manufacturing 26-inch-diameter cylinders in mid-July.
(Source: Luxfer Gas Cylinders)