Iran manufactures anti-explosive devices for CNG cars
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 11 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran started manufacturing special anti-explosive devices for CNG-run cars, ISNA reported.
A company founded by the Science and Technology Center of Iran's Hamadan province is engaged in manufacturing the devices, which should be installed in all CNG-run cars.
The CEO of Hamadan's Science and Technology Center, Davood Esmaili revealed some details about how the device functions, and how it can prevent a possible explosion.
"This is a CNG explosion-proof system. The device is installed in the car, and it measures the amount of gas leakage. Upon measurement, it sends signals to the driver, indicating there is a threat," Esmaili explained.
He further said that in general there are two problems with CNG-fueled cars, one is placing flammable elements in the trunk of the car near the CNG tank, and another one is the gas leakage.
Esmaili underscored that in the first case the problem can be handled, while the second issue still remains important, thus special devices are being manufactured to prevent possible explosion.
According to Iranian media sources, there were about 78,000 dual-fuel cars in Iran back in 2005, and now this figure has grown up to some 2.5 million cars.
Currently, there are around 12 Iranian companies that supply local markets with natural gas.
In order for Iran to decrease dependency on gasoline, and use natural gas as transportation fuel, more CNG fueling stations are planned to be built.
Currently there are only about 1,800 CNG fueling stations in Iran, and this number is planned to be increased to 2,000.
The Natural Gas Vehicle Organization has reported that of total NGVs worldwide, Iran accounts for more than 18 percent - holding the first place in the world.