Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. is Commercializing On-Board Low Pressure Storage and Delivery Systems for Natural Gas Vehicles

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Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. announced it has made steady progress toward delivering a commercial adsorbed natural gas (ANG) low pressure storage and delivery system to the market.

ANGP’s key to success is its business model, which leverages the developmental and manufacturing strength of its coalition partners.

ANGP’s key to success is its business model, which leverages the developmental and manufacturing strength of its coalition partners.

Working with the support of our world class coalition, we are on track to offer a game-changing automotive system that will enable more rapid adaptation of natural gas vehicles in the United States and, eventually, the international market.

Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. (ANGP) announced today that, since its initial launch at the NGV America Conference and Exposition last November in Kansas City, Mo., it has made steady progress toward delivering a commercial adsorbed natural gas (ANG) low-pressure storage and delivery system to the market.

“Working with the support of our world class coalition, we are on track to offer a game-changing automotive system that will enable more rapid adaptation of natural gas vehicles in the United States and, eventually, the international market,” said Bob Bonelli, ANGP co-founder and chief executive officer. “ANGP’s adsorbed natural gas storage and delivery system will provide significant economic value to the market. Low pressure is truly an enabling technology that will offer more flexible options for natural gas storage while dramatically lowering the cost of compression on a per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) basis,” he added.

ANGP’s key to success is its business model, which leverages the developmental and manufacturing strength of its coalition partners. One partner, MWV Specialty Chemicals, is a global leader in activated carbons for more than 100 years. Another partner, Worthington Industries, is a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders. “MWV Specialty Chemicals’ support and close working relationship over the past three years has been incredible and the major driver for our accomplishments. Now, with Worthington Industries joining the coalition, our world-class, commercial coalition is complete,” said Bonelli.

At the heart of ANGP’s system is Nuchar® FuelSorb™ activated carbon monoliths developed and manufactured by MWV Specialty Chemicals. MWV Specialty Chemicals has been commercially manufacturing activated carbon for over 100 years and is the global market leader in evaporative emissions capture technology used on gasoline fueled automobiles. “Our 40 plus years of commercial success in capturing gasoline evaporative emissions in the automotive market has advanced our technology for the capture and release of hydrocarbons. Combined with our long history of activated carbon development and global manufacturing infrastructure, we’re uniquely qualified to support the successful commercialization of ANG technology for on-board low pressure natural gas storage in all classes of motor vehicles,” said Ed Woodcock, vice president, Carbon Technologies, MWV Specialty Chemicals, based in North Charleston, S.C.

The second key member of the coalition is Worthington Industries, based in Columbus, Ohio, a global leader in compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder development and manufacturing. Its engineers are working with ANGP and MWV Specialty Chemicals’ technical staff to design and manufacture a fully certified pressure vessel incorporating the activated carbon monoliths.

“Worthington is pleased to be working with ANGP and the coalition to bring commercial ANG low pressure storage systems to the market,” said Wayne Powers, general manager of Worthington Industries Alternative Fuels business. “Our strength is the consistent, reliable performance of our cylinder products due to decades of experience safely and efficiently storing and transporting alternative fuels. It’s a great opportunity to apply our unique expertise to this project.”

Another key member of the coalition is Aspen Compressor, LLC, of Marlborough, Mass.

Aspen Compressor is a 2005 spin off of Aspen Systems, Inc. (founded in 1984). With its rich history of four decades of innovation in aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, and other sectors, Aspen Compressor is the global leader in miniature rotary compressors. One of their groundbreaking, miniature compressors is a key component of ANGP’s creative fuel extraction and pressurization system (FEPS™, patent pending), designed to be the first natural gas “fuel pump” to assure complete and responsive fuel flow in response to the driver’s demand.

Dr. Kang Lee, founder and chief executive officer of Aspen Compressor, LLC, and Aspen Systems, Inc., said, “It is exciting to be part of this coalition and working on a technology that can make a meaningful impact to transform an industry, leading to significant reduction in carbon emissions on a global scale.” Dr. Lee was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2012 for his innovative technical and commercial achievements on flexible aerogel-based superinsulation, which was one of only two technologies selected each year in the world for the technologies and products that were originally developed for NASA’s space exploration, but already in widespread use worldwide.

One of the early members of ANGP’s commercial coalition is Midwest Energy Solutions, Inc. Founded in 2009, Midwest Energy Solutions designs and builds natural gas fueling stations. Midwest also has significant experience in on-board natural gas vehicle conversion systems and technology. They provided extensive, hands-on support in configuring and implementing ANGP’s demonstration bi-fuel vehicle, helping to fine tune ANGP’s adsorbed natural gas storage and delivery system integration.

“Our company has enjoyed working with ANGP over the years and assisting with our fueling experience and on-board system experience,” said Michael Batten, founder and president of Midwest Energy Solutions, Inc. “We look forward to participating in the coalition’s commercial ANG system rollout by addressing the low pressure fueling infrastructure aspects of successfully bringing ANG technology to market.”

“There are credible people and companies who have attempted to bring ANG technology to the commercial market. What sets ANGP apart is our unique development and manufacturing coalition in combination with our market-sensitive approach,” said Bonelli. “In order to successfully commercialize a new technology, you must first fully understand the economic value proposition that will capture the market. Then, you have to refine the technology collaboratively with the most capable suppliers to reliably deliver that economic value. Finally, you have to be prepared to professionally respond to anticipated demand with these suppliers’ global manufacturing capabilities,” he added.

ANGP also recognizes and values its close working relationship with The University of Missouri. ANGP secured the exclusive license for the University’s intellectual property related to activated carbon-based adsorbed natural gas storage technology for the automotive market.

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