New Technology Makes Natural Gas Marketable

What's an MOF?

No, it's not the latest acronym kids these days are using.

It stands for metal organic framework (MOF), a new solution in the transportation industry that could allow for more efficient storage of natural gas and other gases, such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Natural Gas Vehicles for America claims there are about 142,000 NGVs on U.S. roads today and more than 15 million vehicles worldwide. While natural gas hasn't been widely adopted in the U.S., MOF technology could change this and actually stimulate the market.

Natural gas is a less expensive and is produced domestically. However, natural gas takes up more space than gasoline or diesel and onboard storage of this gas can often be a challenge.  The MOF offers a more efficient storage option, which could reduce the tank space on board and need to refuel as frequently.

How does it work? 

MOFs are highly crystalline structures with nanometer-sized pores; they provide a high surface area on which gases can be adsorbed.

Joseph Lynch, the director of Energy Storage at BASF, offers an in-depth look into how these MOFs increase fuel storage capacity in the video below:

BASF is a global leader in MOF material research and large-scale production. The BASF experts work closely with other transportation counterparts to understand the technology in real-world applications and bring it to market quickly.

At the recent 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, Ford Motor Company and BASF displayed a F-550 truck (pictured below) with the MOFs inside the CNG fuel tanks.

New Technology Makes Natural Gas Vehicles Marketable

This technology is not just for heavy duty vehicle fleets. BASF is experimenting with this solution for light-duty vehicle tanks too.