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Mission, Values & History

Mission & Objectives

GTI solves important energy challenges, turning raw technology into practical solutions that create exceptional value for our customers in the global marketplace. We are driven by four primary objectives, which span the energy industry value chain. They provide both the focus and enduring opportunity for our business endeavors. These objectives are:

  • Expanding the supply of affordable natural gas and renewable energy
  • Ensuring a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure
  • Promoting the clean and efficient use of energy resources.
  • Reducing carbon emissions to the environment.

Our Values


Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and our customers.


We provide opportunities and a stimulating environment for creative employees to learn, grow, and make a difference.


We obey the law and conduct business in a straightforward, transparent manner.


GTI’s ultimate success depends on our ability to work together in a manner that delights our customers.


We have an obligation to our customers to deliver the very best product GTI can provide.

Market Focus

We must bring solutions to customers that enable their continued success.

GTI Anniversary Logo 75 YearsHistory

GTI celebrated our 75th anniversary in 2016. As a leading research, development, and training organization addressing global energy and environmental challenges, GTI has spent the last seven+ decades developing high-impact technologies and providing technical insight to unlock the potential of natural gas and other energy resources—making them economically and environmentally sustainable while reducing energy costs for consumers.

The organization has achieved many successes over our prolific history, focusing on initiatives aligned with important national priorities. GTI has provided innovative solutions to critical challenges along the entire gas value chain, and improved the ways of producing, transporting, and using energy to benefit the general public.

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) was formed in April 2000 by the combination of two major research and technology development organizations serving the natural gas industry—Gas Research Institute (GRI) and the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT).

GRI was founded in 1976 in response to the Federal Power Commission (FPC) encouraging increased gas research and development (R&D). GRI administered research funding provided by a surcharge on shipments of natural gas sold by the interstate pipelines. At its peak in 1994, GRI administered funds in excess of $212 million.

IGT, founded in 1941, supported the gas industry need to train graduate engineers. IGT was affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a degree-granting institution from 1941 to 1994, when IGT moved off IIT’s campus to larger facilities in Des Plaines, IL.

As the gas industry evolved, IGT also evolved in parallel and focused on a world-renowned research program with support from many industry sources, including GRI.

As a result of the phasing out of GRI’s funding mechanism, the gas industry encouraged GRI and IGT to combine activities. In 2000, the GRI/IGT combination became official and today, GTI offers the strengths of both predecessors, positioned as a leading research, development and training organization serving the global natural gas industry and energy markets.

​75th Anniversary Open House Photos

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