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​GTI is positioned to deliver emerging technology solutions at every phase of the technology development cycle, from concept to commercialization. Highlighted below are some of our programs and valued partnerships throughout the Product Development and Commercialization Process.

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Sustaining Membership Program (SMP) GTI administered utility consortium focused on building a strong technology base in natural gas delivery, energy utilization, environmental science and renewable energy. Objectives include creating new, innovative solutions through the “proof of concept” stage that address the most important industry needs and to provide early-stage R&D that serves as the building blocks of subsequent commercial research efforts. More >>
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program GTI has a long history of working with DOE's Industrial Technologies Program on important RD&D. Product development efforts include boilers, heat recovery devices, advanced burners, emissions controls, melters, dryers, furnaces, ovens and heat treating. More >>
Utilization Technology Development (UTD) UTD is a consortium of 17 gas and combined utilities that serve over 20 million natural gas customers in over 30 states and Canada. UTD manages a comprehensive portfolio of end use RD&D comprising over 40 active projects during 2011. Research scope includes residential, commercial, industrial and transportation end use markets. More >>
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) PARR is a U.S. DOE Building America team led by GTI with a focus on researching cost-effective energy efficiency solutions for residential housing. PARR represents a broad spectrum of residential building stakeholders that are critical in designing, executing and disseminating impactful research. More >>
California Energy Commission (CEC) Programs GTI has worked extensively with the CEC and other partners on energy efficiency advances, including three ongoing, multi-year programs.
  • Measured Home Performance Program encompassing literature and training materials for installing contractors using measured home performance techniques to reduce energy costs in single family detached homes.
  • Commercial Cooking product development and testing with major equipment manufacturers to develop, fabricate, and demonstrate six new gas commercial cooking appliances using in-restaurant demonstrations.
  • Domestic Hot Water Program, including the development of integrated hot water generation and distribution system analysis tools, efficient water heating equipment and piping systems designs and best practices guide and evaluation and monitoring of water heater standard test method/rating development. More >>
  • Emerging Technology Program (ETP) ETP focuses on accelerating the commercialization and adoption of the latest energy efficient technologies. Managed by GTI, the collaborative program is designed to help companies identify and evaluate the most promising products and integrated solutions and assess their suitability for future use in utility energy efficiency programs. In 2011, GTI had over $1 million ETP-type projects across the end use spectrum. More >>
    American Gas Association (AGA) GTI works closely with AGA as well as other national and regional gas associations. GTI is active in AGA's Building Energy Codes & Standards (BECS) Committee. GTI provides frequent technical support to AGA, American Public Gas Association (APGA) and others to address end use issues including codes and standards, environmental regulations, value of source energy, safety and other key industry needs. More >>
    Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) GTI has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CEE. This agreement covers GTI involvement with a large set of CEE activities, including working with their residential, commercial/industrial programs groups, as well as their emerging technology working group. More >>
    Energy Solutions Center (ESC) ESC is a nonprofit organization of energy utilities and equipment manufacturers that promote energy-efficient natural gas solutions and systems. GTI works closely with ESC as a client, contractor, and partner. GTI participates in ESC's Technology and Market Assessment Forum (TMAF) covering new natural gas products, solutions and energy conservation programs. More >>
    Nicor Gas Emerging Technology Program GTI serves as the implementation contractor for the Nicor Gas Emerging Technology Program. The $4 million contract was awarded by Nicor to cover program costs through the summer of 2014. The ETP is an initiative developed to accelerate the arrival of the latest, energy efficiency technologies and practices to the market. The goal of these activities is to identify and deliver new technologies for homes and businesses to companion customer energy efficiency programs.

    The Emerging Technology Program will target new or unrealized efficiency opportunities through two 'tracks'.
  • External Track: The external track process begins by scanning a variety of sources to identify potential emerging technologies and practices best positioned to meet the energy efficiency needs of Nicor Gas customers. Once identified, the program team will utilize a custom screening and scoring system to select technologies and practices for assessment, evaluation and/or demonstration.
  • Internal Track: The internal track will harness the collective experience and insights of the larger Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program to develop, assess and transfer enhancements to those existing programs. Key activities may include testing improved program designs, new market delivery strategies and/or new technology applications. More >>