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Quantum Ships World Class Hydrogen Storage

18 May 2001

Quantum Ships World Class Hydrogen Storage
Quantum Technologies has shipped its state-of-the-art all-composite hydrogen storage tanks to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for use in the FutureTruck 2001 competition scheduled for later this summer. This shipment marks a significant milestone for Quantum under a contract received from the DOE in May 2000 to push the state-of-the-art for all-composite tank technologies for storage density and safety while maintaining manufacturability and cost-effectiveness.

Quantum's TriShield tanks are designed and manufactured with a one-piece permeation-resistant seamless liner, a carbon composite over-wrap for strength, and a tough impact-resistant shell. This rugged, low-cost, ultra-lightweight storage tank improves the range and safety of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles and removes the barriers to more rapid commercialization of vehicles incorporating alternative propulsion systems. The tank is designed to meet all applicable regulatory standards and additional OEM-specific validation tests.

The DOE realized that it was critical to install and demonstrate these tanks in actual hydrogen-powered vehicles, operated under real-world conditions, to expect OEMs to accept and implement the technology. The FutureTruck competition encourages teams of sponsors and university students to develop technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the re-engineering of full-size SUV's, thereby producing green, efficient transportation that has the performance, utility, and affordability that customers expect. Quantum’s advanced TriShield tank, comprising new proprietary materials -- a distinctive gold color with black end domes -- will be installed on hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid trucks by Texas Tech and Virginia Tech students for the competition.






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