World-class R&D and Technology Deployment to Enable the Hydrogen Economy

Introducing GTI Energy's Hydrogen Technology Center

Decarbonization initiatives are driving forces towards the use of low-carbon gases and fuels. Incorporating clean hydrogen as an energy carrier can leverage the nation’s existing, widespread, and robust energy infrastructure to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon future.

GTI Energy has unparalleled experience and a long-standing commitment to hydrogen research and technology development. As an established leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, GTI Energy has cross-cutting research, product development, and demonstration projects, focused on clean hydrogen production, storage, delivery, and use. Our team has provided technology-based solutions that increase optionality, affordability, and resiliency of the integrated energy system for decades.

GTI Energy’s hydrogen technology center is a compilation of top-tier subject matter experts, thought leadership, recently upgraded labs and facilities, and the experience of decades of successful hydrogen projects. Our deep and unbiased energy industry knowledge and technical expertise enable us to develop clean energy solutions for integrated energy networks.

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GTI Energy and EPRI are embarking on a 5-year gas/electric collaboration--with major industry support--to accelerate the development and demonstration of innovative low-carbon energy technologies to meet ambitious decarbonization goals across all sectors of the economy. 

H2@scale in Texas and Beyond: Creating a renewable hydrogen energy network demonstrating integrated hydrogen production and end-use technologies

In a U.S. Department of Energy H2@Scale project, GTI Energy, along with Frontier Energy and the University of Texas-Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), is co-leading a project that will design, build, and operate one of the largest collections of renewable hydrogen production and end-use technologies ever assembled at one site. This renewable hydrogen energy network, located in Austin, Texas will help pave the way for eventual build-out of clean hydrogen networks or “hubs” by demonstrating their use in an integrated system. The Austin hydrogen “proto-hub” includes multiple clean hydrogen production technologies such as the conversion of renewable natural gas, wind, and solar to hydrogen for use in a fuel cell for critical power generation applications, for passenger vehicle fuel and even for powering fuel cell aerial drones.

The H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond project is also assessing the techno-economics for hydrogen production, storage, delivery, and end-use industrial and commercial applications in and around Port Houston. A Port Houston planning framework will identify near-term applications to deploy hydrogen as well as the policies, regulations, and economics needed for successful commercialization of this emerging clean energy solution. More than twenty Texas-based industry, government, and educational institutions are actively supporting this project.

 

Port Houston Studies Delivering Results

Two white papers written by the University of Texas as part of the H2@Scale project are now available:

 

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Advancing Next-Generation Hydrogen Energy Storage Technology for Clean Power

Hydrogen has the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonize the industrial and power generation sectors, helping to meet the growing U.S. market demand for cleaner electricity. Innovative energy storage technologies combined with fossil energy assets can deliver more reliable and affordable energy, a cleaner environment, and stronger power infrastructure.

A GTI Energy-led team, including Southern Company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently completed a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project that demonstrated technology to store energy as “blue” hydrogen and used it for load-following in an existing natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plant with a hydrogen-fired duct burner. Hydrogen storage and discharge rates were coupled to follow daily power demand fluctuations from variable renewable energy, increasing the plant capacity factor while reducing emissions.

Researchers performed feasibility and techno-economic studies, and results indicate that high-efficiency production using GTI Energy’s patented hydrogen generation technology would achieve a greater than 95% rate of carbon capture at low cost.

GTI Energy and the team have now been selected for a DOE Phase 2 award to conduct a Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) study of this asset-integrated hydrogen production and storage system in an NGCC power plant operated by Southern Company subsidiary Alabama Power. The project will demonstrate production and intermediate duration storage of more than 54 megawatt-hours of energy and the use of this hydrogen to address power output as electricity demand fluctuates.

GTI Energy’s patented low-cost hydrogen generation technology that inherently captures carbon produced in the natural gas conversion process is currently being piloted under a DOE-sponsored 0.3MW project at GTI Energy’s Des Plaines campus, and in a larger 1.6MW Hydrogen by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming (HyPER) project.

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GENERATION

GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

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STORAGE & DELIVERY

GTI has expertise in new storage and conversion technologies with materials development and testing. Using functional materials to store hydrogen and methane can increase gas storage capacities at lower and safe pressures. Key elements of GTI storage projects have focused on hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.

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TRANSPORTATION

GTI has partnered with government and private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles.

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END USE

Our team has decades of expertise related to fuel specification and the acceptable property ranges for gases to be interchangeable with specific end use equipment and processes. Testing equipment under various gas compositions and assessing interchangeability parameters provide critical information regarding equipment and appliance compatibility, performance, safety, reliability, and process efficiency.

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