Onboard Dynamics (ObDI), an Oregon-based innovator in alternative refueling technologies, has launched its GoFlo™ CNG-80 mobile natural gas compressor for commercial use. The compression capacity of the GoFlo CNG-80 compressor makes it cost-effective for smaller fleets of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, as well as for the initial deployment of CNG vehicles in larger fleets.
Because of the compressor’s modular design, fleet operators can expand their CNG vehicle inventory by adding GoFlo units as demand increases, without needing costly electrical power upgrades. The GoFlo compressor is also easy to relocate in the event that a CNG fleet needs to be redeployed, and the unit can serve as a backup to dedicated CNG refueling stations. In addition, freedom from electricity strengthens the operating reliability of CNG fleets in the event of a natural disaster.
“We believe the lower cost and flexibility of our mobile natural gas compressor will greatly increase the attractiveness of operating vehicles, especially trucks and buses, on clean, abundant, inexpensive domestic natural gas,” said Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics. “Because it is self-powered, the GoFlo compressor provides cost saving and new capabilities to the CNG industry.”
With the support of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E program, the technology on which the GoFlo CNG-80 system is based has been under development for nearly four years. A limited number of GoFlo CNG-80 systems will be available for delivery during the second quarter of 2018, before production ramps up the second half of the year.
“Linamar’s manufacturing capabilities, commercialization expertise, and customer relationships are invaluable to our efforts at Onboard Dynamics,” said Hansen. “With its technical know-how rooted in the expertise of McLaren Engineering, the Linamar team has already sped up the timeline for achieving necessary volume capability.”
Source: Onboard Dynamics, Inc.