United Technologies Research Center and Adsorbed Natural Gas Products unveil world’s first low-pressure conformable natural gas tank design at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit



NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, March 1, 2016 – Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. (ANGP), a pioneer in the commercialization of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) vehicle technology, and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today unveiled a full-scale mockup of UTRC’s breakthrough conformable fuel tank for ANG vehicles. UTRC and ANGP held the unveiling at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit.

The tank, which is the first of its kind in the world, was showcased in the bed of ANGP’s ANG-powered Ford F-150 pickup, and was on display at Booth 807 during the Summit’s three-day Technology Showcase. UTRC developed its unique tank concept under ARPA-E’s Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE) program. ANGP holds an exclusive license to UTRC’s design for a conformable, non-metal composite tank containing activated carbon adsorbents at pressures up to 1,000 psi. 

“ANGP’s fully integrated ANG system is truly a game-changer in the use of clean-burning, abundant natural gas as a transportation fuel. It combines lower operating pressures, a cost-effective high capacity adsorbent, a groundbreaking conformable tank design, and miniature rotary compressor technology in a total system solution,” said Bob Bonelli, ANGP co-founder and chief executive officer. “The lower pressure of ANG differentiates it from compressed natural gas (CNG) by allowing tank walls to be thinner and fuel dispensers to use smaller, less expensive compressors that consume far less energy.” 

He added, “Fleet operators soon will be able to reap the economic benefits of low-pressure fueling through the use of ANGP’s on-board storage system.”

“UTRC began developing its conformable tank in 2012, creating prototypes for CNG applications that typically operate in the 3,200-3,600 psi pressure range,” explained Dr. David Parekh, corporate vice president, Research, and director, UTRC. “As we looked for ways to commercialize this novel technology, we welcomed the opportunity to partner with ANGP as our exclusive licensee to bring our design to the U.S. market for low-pressure automotive applications. The flat tank mockup displayed at ARPA-E, which is only eight inches in height, fits nicely in the pickup bed. It can store 30 percent more natural gas than an array of conventional gas cylinders in the same space envelope.”

To commercialize the tank, ANGP has assembled a team of leading technology providers: (1) UTRC, designer of the conformable tank; (2) Ingevity Corporation, which produces an activated carbon adsorbent in monolith form (Nuchar® FuelSorb™) that is highly effective in capturing and releasing natural gas constituents; and (3) Aspen Compressor, developer of an innovative natural gas fuel pump. The coalition also includes other companies that specialize in the design and installation of natural gas fueling stations and conversions of vehicles to natural gas. 

“ANGP will introduce the first fully integrated ANG system for natural gas vehicles to the U.S. market in 2016,” Bonelli reported. “Initially, our systems will use seamless aluminum cylinders made by Worthington Industries while the UTRC design undergoes development and certification to NGV-2 standards for release in 2017. The incorporation of UTRC’s conformable Type IV tank into the system paves the way for lightweight, space-saving storage solutions ultimately needed for a mass-market product.”

About UTRC

As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California. UTRC subsidiaries also carry out research and development work in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland.  UTC, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. Find out what it means to Be Curious at www.utrc.utc.com.

About ANGP

Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. (ANGP) designs, develops and manufactures on-board low pressure adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage technology, and related products, for all classes of motor vehicles.  The unique ANGP business model of working through a coalition of major corporations, each with specific competencies and global infrastructure, assures the market of the best combination of science, technology and manufacturing.  ANGP has one main objective: to be the leading motor vehicle ANG technology company, providing products that are disruptive, enabling and manufactured to the highest standards of safety, performance and reliability. For more about ANGP please visit www.angpinc.com.

About Ingevity

Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance
Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. Ingevity is the specialty chemicals business of WestRoc, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WRK). For more information, visit www.ingevity.com.

For more information, contact:

United Technologies Research Center
Laura Stevens, Communications
Office: 860-610-1653 | Mobile: 860-573-8625

Matt Bonelli, Vice President

Acknowledgment: “The information, data, or work presented herein was funded in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, under Award Number DE-AR0000254.”
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