For this very interesting topic, we chat with Matt Bonelli. He is the Vice President and co-founder of Adsorbed Natural Gas Products Inc. a company dedicated to develop adsorbed natural gas (ANG) cylinders since 2012.
We go deep into understanding the amazing Adsorption Technology which allows a porous carbon activated volume to use all the internal surface areas and enable to store more natural gas with a lot less pressure than using the regular “empty tank” configuration.
The real advantages of using adsorption technologies come from the savings of requiring only 900psi. That, put together with the activated carbon technology created by Ingevity requires no reheating to extract all natural gas, or cool off to refuel. Even when the carbon activated designs
Matt talks about the incentives put in place for Electric Vehicles and how natural gas vehicles compares with that technology.
For an existing CNG station that want to refuel to an ANG tank, the only requirement is to have is basically a regulator that drops down to 900psi. But when developing a new station for ANG, requires a lot less initial capital cost, and of course lower maintenance costs. A different size of CNG nozzle and receptacle is put in place to avoid confusions with +3,000psi tanks.