Low-Carbon Resources Initiative

GTI’s work spans from upstream energy supply and conversion through energy delivery and end uses, and we are working across that spectrum for the benefit of the industry. We have recently begun an unprecedented partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), in what we are calling the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI). It is a five-year, collaborative effort supported by major electric and gas utilities to advance the technologies needed for deep decarbonization within the next decade so they can be deployed in the 2030 to 2050 timeframe.

Both GTI and EPRI recognize that breakthrough technologies across the full energy value chain will be required to achieve decarbonization goals, and we see opportunities to combine and leverage resources across the utility industry for the greater good. The effort will improve the strength, efficiency, and resiliency of the U.S. energy grid and reduce impact on the environment, and accelerating hydrogen successes will be a major emphasis in our work together under the LCRI.


A project led by GTI Energy in partnership with EPRI, the University of California, Irvine, and The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) was recently awarded over $1.7 million from the California Energy Commission to evaluate the impact of use of hydrogen and hydrogen-natural gas blends on existing appliances as a potential decarbonization strategy for large commercial buildings and the industrial sector. The project seeks to identify and address key research questions and technology gaps for combustion equipment in large commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors, through techno-economic analysis, laboratory testing, simulation of combustion equipment/materials, air quality modeling, and stakeholder engagement.

LCRI is providing cost-share to support techno-economic analysis efforts that will serve as a basis for selection of C&I equipment categories and estimate lifecycle costs of avoided greenhouse gas emissions via equipment retrofits, activities that are highly aligned with ongoing research within LCRI’s End Use Technical Subcommittee. The project will establish key tiers of hydrogen blending tolerance, including maximum acceptance limits for selected equipment categories with and without retrofit.

LCRI Newsletter - April 2022

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