Restaurants and institutional foodservice is a $550 billion industry that relies heavily on natural gas. Working with gas industry partners, the California Energy Commission, and others, GTI is, developing technology for the commercial foodservice market, creating a suite of higher-efficiency natural gas appliances for commercial kitchens, including fryers, ovens, ranges, broilers, steamers and other important kitchen products.
GTI’s Frontier Energy subsidiary is a professional services firm that offers deep expertise in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, was acquired by GTI in early 2014.
The commercial foodservice experts perform on R&D projects for a variety of public and private customers. The team also operates the PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), a fuel-neutral scientific testing facility. Under the FSTC program, the team has developed over 40 standard test methods (STMs), impacted energy efficiency codes and standards, produced appliance reports and documentation, conducted training and education seminars, and provided site surveys and audits. Many of these services are also provided for other utilities, restaurant operators, equipment manufacturers, and energy efficiency service providers throughout North America.