Lighter, Cheaper Thermoplastic CNG Tanks for Automotive & Commercial Vehicle Markets

Project ends

Published: 31st October 2020

Today marks the formal end of the POLARIS project. We have successfully constructed both a tape manufacturing line at Coventive Composites and a tank production line at MFTech. Results from Plastic Omnium on the quality of the tanks look promising and further evaluations by their customers will now take place.

Plastic Omnium present at “cross-border technical roadshow” in Aachen

Published: 24th September 2020

Axel Seifert from Plastic Omnium presented results from the POLARIS project at the cross-border technical roadshow in Aachen hosted by the ITA Institute for Textile Technology on the Campus Melaten of the University RWTH.

Plastic Omnium evaluate new tanks

Published: 18th September 2020

Plastic Omnium begins the full evaluation of the tanks produced by MFTech, using tape supplied by Coventive Composites. The examination will include burst and drop tests.

Coventive Composites present at Thermoplastic Composites 2020

Published: 10th September 2020

Dr Gary Foster from Coventive Composites presented results from the POLARIS project at Thermoplastic Composites 2020. This event was jointly hosted by Composites UK and the British Plastics Federation. This year’s event took place online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Download Presentation

New tank manufacturing line at MFTech

Published: 21st August 2020

The trials of the new tank manufacturing line at MFTEch have been completed. MFTech has begun to commercially advertise the availability of the line to companies beyond the project consortium. MF-Tech Flyer Download

Coventive make tape using new production line

Published: 10th July 2020

The first batch of optimised tape, manufactured using the new production line at Coventive Composites, is ready for shipment to MFTech. Polaris Thermoplastic Tape Flyer

Plastic Omnium and MFTech reopen

Published: 19th June 2020

After nearly 3 months, Plastic Omnium and MFTech reopen their businesses after shutdowns due to COVID-19. Special precautions have now been put in place to help contain the spread of the virus within each organisation.

JEC World moved to March 2021

Published: 2nd April 2020

The Polaris project had previously announced that project partners Composites Evolution, Plastic Omnium and MFTech SARL would be exhibiting at JEC World 2020, however JEC has announced today that the exhibition will now take place on 9th-11th March 2021, beyond the end of the project. View JEC’s press release here

Project Extended due to impact of COVID-19

Published: 1st April 2020

Both Plastic Omnium and MFTech have been forced to temporarily close due to the impact of government restriction. It is expected that both organisations will reopen in June 2020. As a result the project has been granted a 3 month extension by the European Commission. The new project end date is now 31 October 2020.

Tank Making Trials

Published: 30th March 2020

Our initial tape winding and tank making trials have been successfully completed. Based on the positive results from the 2nd set of Winding and Programming Trials we proceeded to the manufacture of a complete tank. Various iterations of temperature and speed were tried in order to achieve the best quality. Some highlights: The Industrial scale […]

Polaris Project Partners at JEC World 2020

Published: 25th February 2020

Composites Evolution, Plastic Omnium and MFTech SARL will be exhibiting at JEC World 2020 on 3rd-5th March, Paris. Visit Composites Evolution in Hall 6 Stand S52, Plastic Omnium in Hall 6 Stand S66 and MFTech SARL in Hall 6 Stand D41 to discuss our process and materials. A Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tank will be […]

First trial of Industrial scale tank-winding equipment

Published: 12th December 2019

MFTech have performed the first tank manufacturing trials using the industrial scale tank-winding equipment developed at their site in Argentan, France. Tanks will now be produced in order to check the design concepts for their manufacture.

Plastic Omnium confirms its position in CFRP hydrogen storage tanks

Published: 29th November 2019

Plastic Omnium (Levallois, France) has recently won a significant order from a German manufacturer for the development of 350-bar hydrogen tanks. The contract signed for bus equipment is the largest project in Europe at this time for this type of vehicle.

Certification for hydrogen storage tank

Published: 20th October 2019

Plastic Omnium has just obtained its first certification for a 700-bar hydrogen storage tank designed to equip passenger cars. The R134 certification is an international standard comprising the strictest specifications for the regulation of high-pressure hydrogen tanks. Other certifications are underway for 350-bar hydrogen tanks and for CNG (compressed natural gas) tanks. Image: Plastic Omnium […]

Plastic Omnium opens hydrogen storage R&D centers

Published: 12th July 2019

The Plastic Omnium Group has recently opened a new research and development centre in Belgium to focus on emissions control and fuel systems, as well as new energies. The Deltatech centre opened in Brussels, Belgium on July 1. This center is the company’s Clean Energy Systems business Research and Innovation center, focusing on emissions reduction […]

Carbon fibre thermoplastic tapes with improved processability

Published: 30th June 2019

Coventive Composites have improved the processability of their fibre reinforced thermoplastic tapes for use in the manufacture of pressure vessels. Additives were selected and incorporated into the tapes to assist with processing speed and to improve the final overall physical properties of the material. Various chemical and physical tests were performed on test samples to […]

Concept design for pressure vessel established

Published: 31st January 2019

An initial concept for a fibre reinforced thermoplastic pressure vessel to be used in POLARIS has been designed by Plastic Omnium. Elements including, liner, boss parts and winding pattern have been established.

Project kicks-off

Published: 31st August 2018

Coventive Composites, together with Plastic Omnium and MFTech have been awarded H2020 funding by the European Commission under the project title “Lighter, Cheaper Thermoplastic CNG Tanks for Automotive & Commercial Vehicle Markets”. A kick-off meeting took place at Plastic Omnium, where all partners were represented.

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