The market of compressed gases in the XXI century needs a technological leap forward. The first air gases generation plant opened back in 1907 and gases are bottled in steel cylinders since then. The only progress has been service pressure, form the initial 100 bar to 150, then 200, to the present 300 bar, but always in steel cylinders. Evolution of technology in these last 100 years should allow us to make much lighter cylinders with the same resistance at a similar cost. These cylinders allow carrying twice as much product in a single truck, so it reduces costs and CO2 emissions.
In this context Carbotainer has established in Spain, where his research team has developed and patented the Smart Carbon Cylinder SCC and built a plant for the industrialization of carbon fibre cylinders.
There are many important fields to apply knowledge and capacities obtained from the SCC development. We may underline the growing importance for automotive of the new fuels, in this field we may develop hydrogen storage tanks (there is already a model running based in this technology) or CNG tanks. There is also an important field of development on the bottling of LPG.
These are just the most evident examples, but there are others such as the development of “shirtless” containers or the reinforcement of thermoplastics with fibres. These developments are much more technical but will allow a price reduction in the final product by allowing alternative materials to the aluminum liner or optimizing the manufacturing process.
The accumulated knowledge by the research team is undoubtedly the foundation of a new industry in Spain around the carbon fibre containers. The patent and the resulting innovative design are a huge asset that will remain in the.
Distribution of compressed gases in SCC creates an added value through reduction of transportation weight, improvement of ergonomics and a higher quality of the gas thanks to the better conservation inside the cylinder.
SCC is revolutionary: hexagonal, built in carbon fibre and up to 50 litres capacity. It is the evolution in the market of compressed gases. Carbotainer cylinders are manufactured with lightweight composite and thermoplastics, which make them highly resistant, yet also lightweight, with up to 30 years service life and easily integrated into production.
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