UAC is driven by our commitment to further growth through increased efficiency, LEAN production methods and improved materials, firmly rooted in our specialized technological platform.
In this process of continuous development, we are closely linked to complementary specialists and industry experts with specific experience, regarding technology, manufacturing and materials, as well as, particular operational knowledge. UAC has taken part in several R&D programs in Norway, supported by Norwegian state funding for research and development.
We continue to explore more efficient alternatives to industry’s basic requirements for storage and transportation of CNG, as well as, pursue specialized project-specific demands.
We have originally based our pressure vessel technology on use of a special UAC-developed fiber glass material. Today we implement our proven UAC pressure vessel technology in developing solutions for new market applications, including containment systems, utilizing a number of pressure vessels. The evolution of UAC expertise and the complementary background and experience of our team represent a unique potential for further innovation.
We are participating in assessing marine use of hydrogen as fuel (fuel cells) and are applying our broad experience with ship projects and safety-related issues in order to provide a safe onboard storage solution, as a part of an integrated system for propulsion using fuel cells.
We are currently involved in several Norwegian projects, exploring use of hydrogen as fuel in combination with electric battery propulsion system onboard ferries.
Our team is working on a project that is evaluating use of type IV pressure vessels as a containment system onboard tank ships and for transportation of natural gas as cargo onboard container ships in larger cylinders.
Corrosion is an important aspect of storage of CNG in marine environment. UAC composite pressure vessels do not corrode, and are lined with a high-density polyethylene liner; they can handle all type of gas compositions and offer a large ‘window’ of temperature tolerance.
The approval of marine CNG containment system is generally considered by a classification society that would evaluate the system throughout the development, from the initial design concept, to actual utilization for containment of CNG onboard a particular ship. This would require for sustainable long-term design criteria and testing of material properties for a required number of cycles (loading of cargo) and long design life. UAC has developed a concept design for a larger CNG pressure vessel that would offer a substantially larger containment volume onboard ships and offshore installations. This latest design is an extension of UAC well-established technology and our drive to solve current and tomorrow’s challenges.