A leading cylinder manufacturer unveiled a new line of tanks for compressed natural gas vehicles in May. The first shipment came to Oklahoma.
Luxfer Gas Cylinders delivered the first of its new cylinders to Heartland Energy Options, the California-based company announced this week.
Heartland General Manager Justin Steckman said Luxfer is an experienced cylinder manufacturer that recently bought the Utah-based company that has been producing tanks for 3-M, the company’s previous provider.
A deal was struck between 3-M and a German manufacturer last month to produce its CNG tanks, but the company’s new Ohio plant won’t be completed until later this year.
Steckman said Luxfer representatives pitched the company’s new tank to Heartland when it was clear 3-M would not be able to continue providing tanks.
“It was actually great timing,” he said.
Heartland, which began operations last August, goes through about a dozen tanks every two weeks, mostly to convert Ford pickups to run on CNG.
Steckman said he expects Heartland’s business to get a boost when a new conversion kit for GM vehicles comes out in October, increasing the company’s need for cylinders.
He said Luxfer is a well-known cylinder provider for the CNG industry.
“We’ve known about Luxfer for a long time,” Steckman said.
Luxfer, which has facilities in five countries outside the U.S., is the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum and composite high-pressure cylinders. Its composite cylinders are used for storing CNG, bio-methane, hydrogen and other industrial gases, as well as medical oxygen and breathing air for firefighters and other first responders.
The introduction of its new G-Stor Go product line makes Luxfer the largest cylinder manufacturer offering Type 3 and Type 4 composite cylinders for CNG. Type 3 cylinders have aluminum liners, while Type 4 have plastic liners.
“Our lightweight G-Stor Go cylinders are designed to deliver the highest levels of performance and gas retention while offering an optimal balance between weight and durability,” said Mark Lawday, Luxfer’s business development director for the alternative fuel market.
Luxfer plans to expand its Type 4 product line to include cylinders up to 26 inches in diameter that can be used on heavy-duty trucks. It began manufacturing those tanks in July.
Steckman said he’s been impressed with the Luxfer tanks so far. “It’s a great product,” he said. “We’ve been getting great feedback from our customers.”