There are currently 1.3 million Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles on Europe’s roads, expected to rise to 15 million by 2030. Customers such as Audi, Daimler and Volvo have set a target 10% weight and cost reduction for CNG tanks, to increase efficiency and reduce vehicle cost.
Most CNG tanks are made from a metal or polymer liner, over-wound with a carbon/epoxy composite, but:
To meet the customer targets, Plastic Omnium has developed a new process for the fast, efficient production of CNG tanks, using 8-axis robotic tape placement cell from MF Tech, and high quality carbon/polyamide tape developed by Coventive Composites.
Together, these technologies can reduce CNG tank weight by 10% and cost by 20%.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 820567.
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