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GTI offers program management, contract research services, R&D funding support, and full-scale technology demonstration opportunities for natural gas industry customers. We can help our partners address their most critical and common concerns from wellhead to burnertip.

Collaborative Programs
In today’s economic environment, an individual company may not be in a position to independently fund an entire R&D project. GTI offers a consortium approach, through which a group of interested companies fund and help steer the direction of a project, while GTI manages the program and performs much of the research. These collaborative programs, which represent a great opportunity for utilities to leverage their R&D investments, include—

  • GTI Sustaining Membership Program (SMP), a collaborative research and development program that allows member organizations to jointly fund new technologies up to the point of “proof of concept,” while minimizing risk and increasing the probability of technical success
  • Operations Technology Development (OTD), a member-controlled partnership of gas distribution companies to develop, test, and implement new technologies related to safe and reliable operation of the infrastructure
  • Utilization Technology Development (UTD), a member-controlled partnership of natural gas distribution companies formed to conduct near-term applied research and to develop, test, and deploy energy-efficient end-use technologies.
  • Emerging Technology Program (ETP), a member-driven collaborative to accelerate the market introduction and acceptance of new emerging technologies to feed utility energy efficiency programs.
  • Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), which bring together U.S. and international companies interested in a similar scope of work to leverage funding and the knowledge and experience of all partners.
  • GTI is committed to broadening support for natural gas R&D that benefits gas consumers. Through the “Delta” program, our staff can serve as expert witnesses at rate cases and help you gain approval of R&D funding recovery.

    We can help you optimize new technology prior to commercialization. As your technology transfer partner, GTI will conduct full-scale field demonstrations to help you assess equipment performance in real-world conditions and help you transfer new technology to the marketplace.

      

    For decades, we have been recognized as a valued partner providing solutions that lead to emerging technologies across market sectors and service at every phase of the technology development cycle, from concept to commercialization. GTI provides access to facilities, hardware, and support services that can put you on the fast track to developing new energy and environmental technology. We are available to work confidentially with private industry partners to help you address technical challenges and hurdles.

      

    GTI works with leaders in the steel, paper, plastics, metal finishing, aluminum, glass, food processing, heat treating, forging, and cement industry to help them develop energy-efficient technologies.

    By deploying our research and technical services and facilities, GTI can help you develop solutions to improve energy efficiency, lower energy intensity and consumption, reduce energy costs, and maintain a competitive edge.

    GTI can conduct full-scale field demonstrations to help you assess equipment performance in real-world conditions for technology optimization, or help you further an innovative energy concept to add to your product line.

      

    With our robust capabilities, energy expertise, extensive partner networks, and an impressive intellectual property portfolio, GTI is able to support a wide range of investment opportunities in the energy sector.

    Join the growing list of companies that have brought GTI intellectual property to market. Our intellectual property portfolio includes more than 1,300 patents and 750 licensing arrangements. To date, nearly 500 commercialized products have been developed and brought to market with GTI support.

    Currently, GTI patents are available for commercialization in distributed energy, distribution and pipeline technology, exploration and production, energy utilization, gasification and gas processes, hydrogen and energy systems, and many other areas.

    Over the years, GTI has also introduced a long list of equity investments and “spin-off” companies into the marketplace. Our portfolio of companies yields competitive market returns from energy-related investments that include the commercialization of intellectual property owned or licensed by GTI.

    We nurture the development of business ventures during their critical start-up period, helping them to thrive and grow when they are most vulnerable. We can help establish a deployment strategy to identify and mitigate potential implementation issues, and we’re able to assemble powerful teams that can help you accomplish your technology objectives and facilitate market impact.

    GTI maintains one of the world's largest collections of information on natural gas technologies and related energy topics, so we can also put you in touch with all the critical data you need.

      

    Beyond the multitude of federal- and state-funded GTI research projects that are moving energy technology development into the future, GTI also has a long history of working with regulators and public utility commissions to ensure funding and compliance for technology projects. We work with gas distribution companies and public utility commissions on rate cases to secure approval of R&D funding recovery. As a result, gas companies are able to support projects that improve infrastructure, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and implement R&D efforts for increased efficiency end use – efforts that result in ratepayer cost savings.

    Throughout its history, GTI has worked with regulators to ensure compliance with rules affecting pipeline and distribution systems, to identify best practices for implementation, and to establish guidelines for operators in obtaining regulatory compliance.