CNG Cylinder Safety - Education, Outreach, and Next Steps (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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Mr. Schroeder discussed the work that NREL is performing for the U.S. Department of Transportation on compressed natural gas cylinder end-of-life requirements. CNG vehicles are different from most other vehicles in that the CNG fuel storage cylinders have a pre-determined lifetime that may be shorter than the expected life of the vehicle. The end-of-life date for a cylinder is based on construction and test protocols, and is specific to the construction and material of each cylinder. The end-of-life date is important because it provides a safe margin of error against catastrophic cylinder failure or rupture. The end-of-life dates range from 15 to 25 years from the date of manufacture. NREL worked to develop outreach materials to increase awareness of cylinder end-of-lifedates, has provided technical support for individual efforts related to cylinder safety and removal, and also worked with CVEF to document best practices for cylinder removal or inspection after an accident. Mr. Smith discussed the engagement of the DOE Clean Fleets Partners, which were surveyed to identify best practices on managing cylinder inventories and approached to provide initial data on cylinder age in a fleet environment. Both DOE and NREL will continue to engage these fleets and other stakeholders to determine how to best address this issue moving forward.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum, 14-15 January 2014, Upton, New York

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-61482


  • CNG
  • compressed natural gas (CNG)
  • cylinder safety
  • safety


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