Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide is developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) tank specifically configured for an integrated storage system for heavy-duty mining trucks in Australia.
The contract has been awarded by an international industrial company, which supports mining and other manufacturing applications leveraging compressed natural gas. Under the agreement, Quantum will develop the specialised 5,000psi CNG tank.
The new tank is under development and will be optimised to increase CNG payload in the mining application.
Quantum’s Q-Lite 5,000psi prototype tank is housed in the customer’s integrated CNG storage system and powers a CAT 789C dump truck.
The Q-Lite tank technology is said to be offered for a multitude of CNG applications.
According to Quantum, the robust Q-Lite line of tanks has the capacity to handle heavy-duty works.
The new tank design is similar to the company’s Q-Lite CNG storage tanks that are being used on Class 6-8 on-road trucks around North America.
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide president and CEO Brian Olson said: "The mining industry is a major energy user and mining companies around the world are increasingly focused on energy efficiency, lower emissions and cost-effective ways of generating power.
"Although many thought mining would be dominated by LNG, Quantum and its commercial partners are now proving that CNG offers a much lower cost solution compared to diesel and LNG."
Image: Quantum’s 5,000psi CNG Tank will be optimised to increase CNG payload in the mining application. Photo: courtesy of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc.