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GTI and Yangquan to Collaborate on Gasification

GTI and Yangquan to Collaborate on Gasification

09/14/15 Des Plaines, IL


Pictured here are Yan Wenquan, Vice GM, Yangquan and Eddie Johnston, GTI Vice President, Research Operations, signing the agreement. In the background looking on are Shi Yubo, Vice Administrator, China's National Energy Administration (NEA); Julio Friedmann, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; and David Mohler, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy; and Feng Zhiwu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Yangquan.

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Yangquan Coal Industry (Group) Company Limited (Yangquan) signed a collaboration agreement during the recent 2015 U.S.-China Clean Coal Industry Forum in Billings, Montana, USA.

GTI is a leading U.S. research, development and training organization serving energy and environmental markets, focused on increasing energy supply, improving energy delivery, and using energy more efficiently and in a cleaner manner. Yangquan, a Global Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest coal producers in China and a leader in the coal-to-chemicals industry.

GTI has worked closely with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), hosting the development of their compact gasifier for coal and natural gas conversion since 2009. Earlier this year GTI successfully tested Yangquan’s coals in the pilot-scale gasifier. GTI acquired the assets of AR’s energy systems portfolio in early July when AR exited the terrestrial energy business to refocus efforts on their core aerospace business.

With this agreement, GTI and Yangquan will work toward finalizing a contract to design, build, and operate a large-scale coal gasification demonstration project incorporating the advanced gasifier technology. This technology offers a step-change improvement in efficiency and cost over current gasification technology and is uniquely capable of gasifying the low-rank, high ash-fusion temperature coal that is prevalent in China.

David Carroll, GTI President and CEO, says "For nearly 75 years, GTI has been developing technology-based solutions and bringing results to market. We have extensive experience in the design, construction, and operation of gasification systems. We are addressing major coal challenges—developing new, clean uses of coal through advanced gasification technology and carbon capture and management. It is an honor to embark on this collaborative effort with Yangquan."

"Coal is a leading energy choice in China, and finding the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly ways of using it will help to maintain its role as a vital contributor to our economy," notes Yan Wenquan, Vice GM of Yangquan. "We own and operate many coal gasification plants and are actively expanding our coal chemical business, seeking to enable full utilization of our resources. Working with GTI to implement an industrial demonstration of the advanced gasifier they have acquired from AR can help to drive down technology risk and expand the market for cleaner energy systems."

About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing global energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for nearly 75 years.

About Yangquan Coal Industry (Group) Company Limited
Yangquan Coal Industry (Group) Company Limited is a coal-based diversified modern enterprise group with businesses in coal, the chemical industry, assembling manufacturing, trading logistics, real estate, aluminum electrolysis, and modern service. The Group is the largest anthracite production base in China, and a leader in the coal chemical industry, running the largest coal chemical engineering equipment manufacturing company in China. The chemical industry is the largest and fastest-growing industry of the Group, which ranks 409th among the Fortune Global 500 companies in 2015.

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