GTI has been awarded a Chicago Innovation Award on itsTransport Membrane Condenser (TMC) advanced heat recovery technology. This technology allows the capture of waste heat and water vapor from exhaust/flue gas for reuse which can increase operating efficiency and lower overall energy costs. It could be applied to a wide variety of industrial, commercial, and residential equipment, and is currently being developed as the key element in the Super Boiler technology.
Applied to industrial and commercial boilers, the Transport Membrane Condenser is the cornerstone of an advanced recovery system that can provide an increase in fuel-to-steam efficiency of as much as 10% to 15% (up to 95% fuel-to-steam efficiency), and up to 20% fresh water savings.
The technology was developed under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract with support from a number of partners including the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Southern California Gas (a Sempra Energy Company). Other natural gas utilities provided funding through Utilization Technology Development, NFP, (UTD) and GTI's Sustaining Membership Program. Cleaver Brooks, a leading boiler manufacturer, along with Super Boiler field test sites at Specification Rubber Products in Alabama and Clement-Pappas & Company, a juice bottler in California, have also contributed to the development.
"The Super Boiler project is an example of GTI at its best. An innovative team of engineers and scientists took on a tough energy challenge, and responded with a practical solution that offers substantial economic benefits to customers and reduced impacts on the environment. That's what we do," notes David Carroll, GTI President and CEO. "My congratulations go the GTI team that has worked so diligently to develop and bring this technology to market. I’m proud of our talented staff, and pleased to foster a culture where employees can innovate, learn, and grow."
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