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Lowering the cost of light-duty vehicles with new NGV storage material technologies

GTI is performing research on two new cutting-edge projects focused on the development of new adsorbed natural gas (ANG) technologies for use in light-duty vehicles.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the development of innovative, low-cost natural gas storage technologies and methods to lower pressure in vehicle tanks will help overcome market barriers to increased NGV use. Low-pressure gas tanks represent significant potential for lowering not only the cost of NGVs, but also the cost of compressed gas fueling. GTI is working Northwestern University, NuMat Technologies (a Northwestern start-up company), and Westport Innovations, Inc. on the project.

Work being performed on the other ARPA-E project is aimed at developing a unique low-pressure natural gas storage technology using an adsorbent with a thin tailored shell to dramatically reduce the storage pressure. The shell acts like nano-valves that can be opened and closed on demand to enable vehicle refueling, driving, or storage. Team members include the University of Louisville and University of South Carolina.