GTI Energy Selected by U.S. Department of Energy to Support Industrial Decarbonization and Integrate Low-Carbon Fuels

Projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the development of new innovative technologies for industrial efficiency

February 19, 2024
Des Plaines, Illinois

GTI Energy has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office to receive funding for several industrial decarbonization and low-carbon fuel projects. The projects will focus on high-impact research, development, demonstration of technologies, and cross-sector approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition the country towards a net-zero economy.

In one project that GTI Energy will lead, the team will accelerate high-impact equipment and component innovations to decarbonize industrial thermal heat processes. GTI Energy, Siemens Energy, and other partners will demonstrate a novel inductively heated chemical reactor for high-temperature, endothermic industrial hydrogen and syngas production. GTI will design, model, and optimize this commercial-scale reactor for the electrified conversion of waste carbon dioxide via the reverse water-gas shift reaction. The technology is expected to demonstrate a significant cost reduction, an 85% greenhouse gas emission reduction, and a considerable size reduction compared to current equipment.

In another project, GTI Energy and its partners, Honeywell Thermal Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology, Bright Sensors SA, and Argonne National Laboratory will design and demonstrate an adaptable combustion system for use in industrial furnace applications. Known as an omnivore combustion system (OCS), the intent of the project is to demonstrate the combustion system is capable of accommodating a wide range of low-carbon fuels, including natural gas-hydrogen blends, syngas, and biogas while maintaining ultra-low nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.

GTI Energy's researchers will also be part of a team focused on accelerating the commercial readiness of low-carbon input and flexible combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The team will work on a project led by Noble Thermodynamic Systems, Inc. to demonstrate Zero-Emissions Hydrogen Heat and Power technology. They expect to validate and demonstrate Noble's Argon Power Cycle (APC) to enable efficient and low-cost carbon capture from low-carbon fuels. This technology promises to increase the efficiency of CHP generation systems, reduce NOx emissions, and increase electricity generation efficiency.

These projects build on GTI Energy’s partnership with DOE to drive innovation in decarbonizing the industrial sector. Under that partnership, GTI Energy already initiated an effort leading a team of partners, including Bloom Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Finkl Steel, to develop an advanced regenerative burner system that can be easily retrofitted into existing fossil fuel-fired furnaces in the steel and aluminum sector to unlock the potential of low- and zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and renewable liquids. This project is part of a $135 million investment from DOE to move the U.S. towards a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

Through innovation, collaboration, and federal investments, GTI Energy and its wide array of partners are involved in a slate of projects at the forefront of decarbonizing critical sectors, from iron and steel, paper and forest products, to food and beverage, while creating well-paying jobs and enabling communities to access the benefits of clean energy. In addition to the DOE, these projects include critical support from Southern Company Gas, Southern California Gas Company, CenterPoint Energy, Utilization Technology Development (UTD) NFP, and other utility partners.

About GTI Energy

GTI Energy is a leading technology development organization. Our trusted team works to scale impactful solutions that shape energy transitions by leveraging gases, liquids, infrastructure, and efficiency. We embrace systems thinking, innovation, and collaboration to develop, scale, and deploy the technologies needed for low-carbon, low-cost energy systems.

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