GTI partnered with GreatPoint Energy in the pilot-scale developmental testing of their bluegas® process. GTI provided access to a wide range of facilities, hardware, and expertise that allowed for process testing on an accelerated schedule without significant start-up costs. By tapping the resources of GTI, GreatPoint Energy shaved more than $30 million in costs and several years in development time.
bluegas is a catalytic process that converts coal into clean pipeline-quality natural gas that can be used to generate power as well as for commercial and domestic heating, while capturing and sequestering the carbon dioxide byproduct. GreatPoint Energy used GTI's laboratories and staff to prove its concept and validate the process. GTI carried out more than 1,200 hours of cold and hot testing that verified the technical feasibility of the process and demonstrated significant methane production. The program also identified potential improvements related to fluid bed mixing, heat transfer, and reactor geometry. Positive results from the GTI test program were instrumental in efforts by GreatPoint to raise more than $100 million in investment capital and the construction of a $1.25 billion facility to produce 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year in China.