Canada’s Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) is investing $500,000 towards the development and testing of Westport Fuel Systems’ high performance compressed natural gas (CNG) storage system. This is in partnership with the project co-funders and supporters including Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Ford Motor Company and Linamar Corporation.
“Using more natural gas in the transportation sector will help reduce operating and fuel costs, and lower emissions”, said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “By supporting this revolutionary storage technology, together with the private sector, our government is helping Canadian companies that own trucking fleets adopt cleaner fuel sources without compromising their day-to-day efficiency.”
John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund added: “NGIF is excited to support Westport Fuel Systems by investing in the research and development of their latest clean-tech solutions for the natural gas transportation market. This product will offer sustainable growth of natural gas vehicles for the benefit of Canada’s economy and environment.”
On June 5, 2019 NRCan and Canada’s natural gas vehicle industry released an updated Natural Gas Use in the Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Transportation Sector roadmap outlining progress to date in deploying natural gas vehicles as well as further actions to support broader deployment. The report outlines a number of important recommendations including research and development into conformable fuel tank systems for CNG.
Westport Fuel Systems’ innovative conformable CNG storage system demonstrates the value proposition of natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) by advancing a technology that can deliver lower transportation emissions in the Canadian truck market. Nationally, 18 per cent of the light-duty vehicles sold in 2018 were full-size pickup trucks including the Ford F150. The innovation here provides a significant opportunity for the greater use of cleaner, more affordable natural gas in this light-duty transportation market.
“Funding support from the Natural Gas Innovation Fund enables Westport Fuel Systems to develop our new and novel conformable CNG storage technology. Natural gas engines offer one of the cleanest and most economical options available for pick-up truck customers today. This key investment in conformable CNG storage will further accelerate the deployment of NGVs in the Canadian market,” said Jim Arthurs, Executive Vice President, Westport Fuel Systems Inc.
As a leading global, clean technology provider advancing clean and lower-emission fuel solutions for transportation, Westport Fuel Systems delivers economically competitive, sustainable, and efficient transport solutions. Their new innovative system delivers greater CNG storage while leveraging today’s existing CNG tank technology that includes a polymer liner with carbon fibre composite overwrap infused with epoxy resin. This revolutionary conformable CNG tank technology will allow greater volumes of CNG to be stored on-board vehicles without encroaching on load or passenger space, thereby improving payload flexibility.
The Ford Motor Company commented: “As a leader in the full-size pickup truck market, we are happy to help fund this new conformable CNG storage technology from Westport Fuel Systems. We are continuously working to expand our products and services to offer our customers vehicles that are sustainable, innovative and efficient.”
About Westport Fuel Systems
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global automotive industry. Our technology delivers the performance and fuel efficiency required by transportation applications and the environmental benefits that address climate change and urban air quality challenges. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. At Westport Fuel Systems, we think ahead. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
About the Natural Gas Innovation Fund
NGIF was created by the Canadian Gas Association to support the funding of cleantech innovation in natural gas. NGIF fills a technology development gap in the sector and invests in innovation led by cleantech start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada’s energy system.