Gas Technology Institute launches emerging energy efficiency technology program in North America


Ryan Kerr,
Manager Emerging
Technologies, GTI
Des Plaines, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 28, 2012 – The U.S. Gas Technology Institute (GTI) recently launched an industry collaborative to drive the deployment of energy efficient emerging technologies and solutions in the U.S. and Canada.

The Emerging Technology Program (ETP) is focused on accelerating the commercialization and adoption of the latest end use and energy efficiency technologies. The program is designed to help companies identify and evaluate the most promising products and integrated solutions and assess their suitability for future use in the marketplace. The collaborative will leverage the collective intelligence, expertise, and funding of members from the natural gas industry to help deploy new technologies.

“Our intention is to fill a missing gap and explore technologies and program solutions that show the most promise for gas utilities and energy conscious consumers,” commented Ryan Kerr, manager of emerging technologies at GTI, who heads up the new program. “We saw a lot of good R&D happening, but less of a concerted effort to take that technology into the marketplace. With the collaborative approach, we’ll be able to approach national manufacturers and big-box retailers with a larger voice representing utilities across the U.S. and Canada.”

ETP projects will assess energy use, costs and benefits, marketing opportunities and barriers, and energy savings potential for various products and processes. Plans are to conduct field demonstrations to validate the performance, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of new technologies and program strategies.

A key part of developing the market will be building consumer awareness on a given technology within a region and building contractor capacity in order to establish consumer confidence.

Project opportunities for 2012 include combination space/water heater systems for the residential and small commercial sectors, high efficiency gas heating rooftop packages for the commercial sector, and a boiler retrofit technology that promotes significant energy and water savings for the commercial and industrial sectors.

The Des Plaines, IL-based GTI is a not-for-profit RD&D organization focused on the natural gas market.