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Cryoshelter Report Summary

Project ID: 673853

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Cryoshelter (Bringing a new LNG-tank technology to industrial readyness)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Cryoshelter is bringing a 2nd generation LNG tank technology for heavy duty trucks to industrial readiness. The unique selling proposition to the truck operators are the most fuel within a given space in the truck - up to 30% more than existing solutions and the opportunity to choose from a 1000 sizes thanks to Cryoshelter's modular tank design. This allows for building every tank size using identical parts - from 270 Liter to 750 Liter. The use of identical parts removes the need to test and certify different tank sizes as is the case with current solutions. On top of that the 2nd generation tank design opens up a number of new possibilities to adapt the tank system just right for the entire installation process on the assembly line of the truck OEMs and to ease service and maintenance during the lifetime of the tank thus lowering total cost of ownership – the decisive factor for competitive and efficient road transport while enabling the use of Natural Gas as the clean and lower cost alternative to Diesel.
Cryoshelter is building on years of development and testing of new technology components of the tank that lead to the unique advantages for the heavy truck industry, and is now in the process of final destructive testing and building up a pre-series production line. Cryoshelter earned great interest from the leading truck OEMs in Europe.
The objectives of this project are to put tanks of the road for proven in use reliability and building up the Cryoshelter assembly process for the tanks up to a demonstrated series capacity.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first reporting period the tank design was tested on a shaker test bench and on a functional test bench according to OEM specifications. Extensive FEM simulation based design optimization was conducted on the basis of these results to improve function and weight and to reduce cost and complexity. The assembly process as inherent part of the Cryoshelter technology has also been improved and optimized to reduce time and cost.
The certification of the tank system according to international standards in close to completion which requires both a comprehensive quality management system in place along the entire supply chain (Conformity of Production) and destructive testing of the tank itself and some of its components.
Cryoshelter is in the offering process for its technology to four European leading OEMs for future series production.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The Cryoshelter LNG tank systems offer Diesel-like freedom of truck configuration since with the modular design the tank can be configured for a specific truck – while with today’s LNG-tank solutions with only very few tank sizes available the truck is configured to a specific tank size.
The widespread introduction of LNG as a clean an competitive fuel alternative to Diesel requires the build-up of critical filling station coverage of the main truck routes across Europe – which is being done under the EU Blue-Corridors project – it requires the availability of reliable trucks – which are being developed for future series models and already being put on the roads in pre-series numbers by practically all European OEMs – and as part of the trucks the key component being the LNG-tank systems. Cryoshelter’s 2nd generation LNG tank systems offers maximum range of all existing LNG-tank solutions and offers a Diesel-like degree of freedom in optimizing the tank system’s configuration to the very many and very specific needs of the trucking industry.
Replacing Diesel with Natural Gas is seen as the most promising alternative fuel for the trucking industry which also paves the way to a future more extensive use of biogas – where it is available and cost competitive or its use mandated by regulations. Above all the use of LNG is well within the energy strategic goals of the European Union by improving sustainability, security of supply and affordability – the energy trilemma – all at the same time.

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