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All the alternative transportation fuels share the same two principle challenges: 1) the vehicles are more expensive than their gasoline and diesel counterparts; and 2) economically storing enough fuel/energy on board to improve the range of the vehicles (road or water-borne).  Since the added expense of NGVs directly relates to the cost of the fuel storage systems, the focus on CNG cylinders and LNG tanks must be on cost and weight reduction while improving the fuel capacity on the vehicle. This is the paradox and challenge that will be addressed in this workshop.

This seventh in the series of Clean Fuels Consulting Critical Issues Workshops since 2008 is designed to gather expert speakers to address a knowledgeable audience of truck and vehicle manufacturers, NGV industry stakeholders including equipment manufacturers and suppliers, government policy makers, regulators and others who are interested or involved in the use and development of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks for all types of applications in the transport sector.

The goal is to leave the workshop with a firm idea of the current issues and solutions for CNG and LNG fuel storage and about and future prospects and opportunities to improve upon today’s technologies, for road and marine vehicles. This includes understanding the state-of-the art technologies, the regulatory and safety issues facing CNG and LNG fuel storage systems (vehicle and mobile systems), and the innovations that will add a new dimension to NGVs into the future. This will facilitate further market development and commercialization of natural gas vehicles as clean alternatives to petrol and diesel.  A small table top exhibition accompanies the workshop.  The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to interact and network with leading international figures in the industry and government.

A full range of critical CNG cylinder and LNG tank issues will be explored

This latest in the series of Critical Issues Workshops, CNG Cylinders & LNG Tanks: Opportunities, Challenges & Innovations will identify the worldwide market development for NGV storage and explore the most critical and important technology issues facing NGV fuel storage systems today, for over-the-road vehicles, mobile fuel transportation and marine applications. 

The harmonization of current standards and regulations for cylinders and tanks will be examined as well as the needs to develop new standards that will help innovative CNG and LNG fuel storage systems to enter the market.  Safety and operational issues with existing technologies will be explored. Exciting new technologies such as conformable CNG tanks, ‘tank-less’ CNG storage, and new, ‘second generation’ LNG tank designs will be presented. As the demand for NGVs has increased where pipeline gas is not available, new mobile fuel transport systems have been developed as well as new regulations that will allow these trucks to run on the fuel they are transporting – CNG or LNG.

As is the tradition with these Critical Issues Workshops, the final open panel session will bring together the findings and conclusions identified throughout the workshop so that, between the expert speakers and the knowledgeable audience we can look analytically and strategically at the short, medium and long term pathway that must be taken to ensure the highest level of safety and integrity for NGVs.

Who should attend…and why?

Manufacturers of NGV trucks and ships, equipment suppliers, particularly of cylinders and tanks, NGV stakeholders, policy makers, government regulators, safety specialists, and NGV fleet operators all have something to gain and to bring to this workshop as participants and to take away with them from the expert speakers and panelists who will be grappling with the challenging fuel storage issues facing the NGV industry.  Ample time for discussion between the panelists and participants will be provided during the panel sessions, intermissions between panels, and at an evening cocktail reception.  Leading vehicle manufacturers and international NGV experts will be available to share their experience and knowledge, as well as NGV users who bring to the event their practical experiences dealing on a daily basis with NGV operations. 

Opportunities to communicate your message

A space for approximately seven table top exhibits will be available outside the workshop room so that equipment and service suppliers have an opportunity to meet with all the workshop participants. This provide an additional, cost-effective way of communicating with other stakeholders and potential customers who partake in coffee breaks and an evening cocktail event.  Sponsors of the workshop have additional opportunities to increase their exposure due to the worldwide marketing of the event.