11 April 2011
11 April 2011
Greenes Group is one of the Netherland's leading installers and retrofitters of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tanks for cars and light commercial vans and has now selected to fit its vehicles with tanks manufactured using HiPer-tex fibreglass from 3B.
The CNG tank concept and design has recently gained composites industry recognition; it won the Composites Sustainability Award in the Market Growth category at the recent American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) Composites 2011 trade show held (February 2-4) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. USA.; and it was also nominated and runner-up in the Transportation category at the JEC Composites Show held in Paris at the end of March where, in addition, a car supplied by Greenes Group and fitted with the tanks was displayed.
The glass fibre high pressure tanks replace those manufactured from steel which are much heavier. Marc Dirkse, CEO of Greenes Group: ""A typical 32 litre capacity CNG cylinder manufactured from HiPer-tex glass fibre is 57 percent lighter than an equivalent steel cylinder and switching to this solution provides our customers several important practical advantages and in addition has a very positive impact on the environment.""
In fact, due to their lighter weight, the glass fibre CNG tanks regain lost payload which is very important for commercial vans. These can be fitted with up to 10 cylinders of which 8 are installed under the vehicle.
Marc Dirske adds, ""Greenes also operates a rental and leasing service and all our vehicles running on natural gas rely on a far cleaner combustion process and emit considerably lower levels of pollutants produced by vans and cars using traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel, and even LPG.""
""HiPer-tex fibre can withstand immense impacts, has extremely long-term durability due to the fibre's high mechanical strength and considerably greater resistance to fatigue,"" said Eric Debondue, Business Development Leader at 3B. The tanks are manufactured by Gastank Sweden AB to meet the very stringent ECE R110 regulation governing the use of Type IV pressure cylinders storing compressed natural gas for motor vehicles.
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