Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles make up a relatively small percentage of the vehicles on our roads today, but that number is on the rise. In fact, according to a study by Grand View Research, Inc., the global CNG market will reach $129.77 billion by 2020.
Today's CNG vehicles use high-pressure storage tanks that have several drawbacks, including design limitations and the significant cost of building refueling stations due to the expensive equipment required to fuel vehicles with these systems. Adsorbed Natural Gas Products (ANGP) is a company whose mission is to make CNG vehicles more commercially viable by creating an affordable, low-pressure natural gas storage system. ANGP began developing their new, low-pressure CNG design in 2012, with the help of MWV's Carbon Technologies team.
The Carbon Technologies team's expertise in adsorption technologies and evaporative emissions control was a natural fit for ANGP. "They needed an affordable, high-capacity adsorbent carbon monolith, and we were able to provide it," said Brad Reed, manager, business development and innovation.
On a recent visit to the Division & Technical Center in Charleston, S.C., ANGP and MWV signed a joint development agreement, in which they committed to use our activated carbon monoliths, exclusively. "If adsorbed natural gas technology can penetrate even 10% of the global market forecast for compressed natural gas vehicles by 2020, MWV Specialty Chemicals will have to build another carbon plant," Brad said.
ANGP is focused on developing adsorbed natural gas storage systems in several formats, which will be used in a variety of vehicle types. During their visit to Charleston, the ANGP team demonstrated their progress by letting a few Carbon team members drive ANGP's Ford F-150 bi-fuel pickup truck, which has been converted to operate on adsorbed natural gas using MWV's carbon pellets in the ANG bed-mounted tank system.