A Schulman joins coalition develop low pressure ANG technology

A Schulman joins coalition to develop low pressure ANG technology

8:55 AM, 21st February 2017
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AKRON, US: A Schulman Inc has reached an agreement with Adsorbed Natural Gas Products Inc (ANGP) to join the coalition with ANGP, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and Ingevity Corporation to develop and produce the world's first commercially viable, conformable Type IV adsorbent-based low-pressure natural gas (ANG) storage tank for motor vehicles.

In February 2016, ANGP and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) announced an exclusive licensing agreement allowing ANGP to use UTRC's patent-pending technology to develop and produce storage tanks.

A Schulman will join the coalition as the material and moulding solution provider to help develop a storage tank that meets the American National Standards for Natural Gas Vehicle Container (ANSI NGV2) certification. With A Schulman's Quantum carbon fibre composite technology, the company was chosen as a key participant in developing this advanced storage system.

ANGP received the prestigious 2016 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for Gas Storage for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs). The onboard, low-pressure adsorbed natural gas storage system developed by ANGP and its technology partners was recognised as an innovative, game-changing solution in the light-duty vehicles (LDVs) fueling market.

"We are honored to receive an invitation to join the coalition and look forward to developing the world's first commercially viable natural gas storage tank to meet the needs of our end customers for innovative, light-weight and environmentally friendly products," said Frank Roederer, senior VP and general manager, US & Canada and Engineered Composites, A Schulman.

"A Schulman was selected to be the material and moulding solution provider for the development of the tank after a careful review of all our options. We are excited to add the company's knowledge and expertise to our coalition to develop this technology for mass market acceptance," said Bob Bonelli, ANGP co-founder and CEO.

"ANGP has done a tremendous job in demonstrating the value proposition for this technology. By pulling together all the coalition members, ANGP has leveraged each company's unique skill set to help develop the most robust and cost effective solution.  Our carbon fibre material technology is uniquely suited to meet the challenges in the automotive market," added Doug Gries, global marketing director, A Schulman.

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