Alternative Energy Storage SystemsMADE BY MAGNA
Natural-gas driven vehicles represent a cheap and quickly realizable option over purely gasoline and diesel-driven vehicles to be able to fulfill the European Union (EU) directive on reducing CO2 emissions.
Magna is developing and manufacturing high-quality bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel-tank systems. These fuel-tank systems consist of a deep-drawn plastic tank for gasoline and several CNG type IV containers. All components including the required crash-protection parts are accommodated on a single unit holder, thus enabling a simple and safe installation in the vehicle.
Our CNG fuel-tank system uses high-pressure type IV containers made of carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) and glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP). These containers allow a maximum operating pressure of 260 bar at a typical storage volume of between 12 and 90 liters. The design of type IV containers allows weight savings of up to 65 percent over type I containers made of steel.
Hydrogen has the potential to supplement fossil fuels in the future and, ultimately, to replace them entirely. We play a significant role in the development and manufacture of hydrogen storage systems.
Our work focuses on the following areas:
- Compressed hydrogen storage systems (C-H2)
- Liquid hydrogen storage systems (L-H2)
Our drivable demonstrator, the FCREEV (fuel-cell range-extended electric vehicle), shows how very long ranges can be achieved at zero emissions. Combining a hydrogen and electric drive, it runs without any fossil fuels at all. That way it leverages the advantages of two alternative drive systems: fast fueling and the high-energy density of hydrogen as well as the available infrastructure for electric charging. The implemented drive architecture can be adapted to OEM-specific demands and different vehicle segments. A compact-size car, for example, can cover 90 km in purely electric mode and 500 km in combined hybrid operation without recharging or refueling.