Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Infinite Composites Technologies, formerly CleanNG, have signed a facility use agreement providing the company access to the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center’s Next Generation Materials Lab.
“The OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center is committed to making scientific breakthroughs that will benefit Oklahoma industries,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa. “Through partnerships like this with Infinite Composites Technologies, our scientists are able to take their innovative research and transform it into practical applications for industrial use.”
The agreement will enable Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT) to continue development and prototype production of the infinite composite pressure vessel, iCPV™ — a liner-less, composite fuel storage system. The natural gas fuel tank was developed by the ICT through a research partnership with Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.
ICT and Vaidyanathan have also partnered to develop a next generation fuel storage tank through a National Science Foundation grant and OCAST funding totaling more than $500,000 since 2013.
“In addition to this exciting new agreement with OSU-Tulsa, ICT has completed 65 percent of our efforts to bring production equipment in-house,” said Michael Tate, co-founder and chief operating officer of ICT. “We want to continuously do research and innovate with our alma mater while also bringing some of our production resources in-house.”
ICT was founded on Oct. 1, 2010 by OSU alumni Matt Villarreal and Tate while they were students at OSU-Stillwater. The company is developing next generation fuel storage and delivery systems for natural gas vehicles and storage applications.