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Awarded Funding from CCEMC Grand Challenge Innovative Carbon Use

GTI Awarded Funding from CCEMC Grand Challenge for Innovative Carbon Use


04/22/14 Chicago, IL


Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading U.S. research, development and training organization serving energy and environmental markets, was one of 24 finalists awarded a grant from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Grand Challenge on a project to transform carbon from a liability into an asset.


The Challenge identified technologies from around the world that could provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through concepts that utilize CO2 captured from industrial sources. The finalists were chosen from 344 submissions that came from 37 countries on six continents


GTI is developing an innovative technology that will turn greenhouse gas emissions into valuable chemicals and products while creating a sustainable benefit to the environment. The direct catalytic process replaces the conventional method for producing acetic acid, providing more efficiency and economy


GTI’s technology uses CO2 and natural gas (CH4 ) to directly produce acetic acid. It is based on a novel catalyst that removes the need to produce CO or produce or purchase methanol as intermediates. The process therefore reduces CO2 emissions by both consuming CO2 as an ingredient in the product and by avoiding CO2 that is generated in current acetic acid production processes.


Acetic acid is used in a wide array of chemical feedstocks and products ranging from paint, adhesives, textiles, food containers, and pharmaceuticals in a $140 billion market, and demand in Asia and the United States is growing rapidly. For every 1 million tonne of carbon dioxide converted, 1.3 billion liters of acetic acid and 1.3 billion liters of ethanol will be produced, with a current value of $1.4 billion.


GTI will serve as the prime contractor and will perform process engineering, catalysts, and reaction systems research and development work. Michigan Technological University (MTU) will be a subcontractor performing life cycle analysis (LCA). The project began on April 1, 2014 and will run for two years.


About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 70 years.

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