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Oklahoma City company develops home-fueling unit for CNG vehicles

Oklahoma City-based compressor manufacturer HYPRES has developed a home-fueling unit for natural gas vehicles.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: December 7, 2012

“The price is almost nothing when it pays for itself,” Peeler said.

Peeler said HYPRES began to explore the CNG market late last year when a customer in Wichita inquired about using one of its compressors to develop a home-fueling system.

The company, which employs 11 people, used its expertise in compressors to develop its own CNG unit.

“All we're doing is changing gas,” he said.

HYPRES had to look outside of Oklahoma for many of the needed parts because of competition from the oil and natural gas industry.

“Everything on the pump itself is made by companies in America,” he said.

Peeler compares it to a residential air conditioning unit, since it was designed to be placed outside the garage. It connects to the home's existing gas and electrical lines, with a control box mounted inside.

“Every garage is going to be a custom look,” he said.

HYPRES has the necessary parts on hand to build 60 home-fueling units, Peeler said.

He said three are built and ready to go, while seven more should be completed in the next 10 days. Units will be built as ordered after that.