Gas Technology Institute (GTI)

GTI is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. For 75 years, we have been providing economic value to the natural gas industry and energy markets by developing technology-based solutions for industry, government, and consumers. Our research initiatives address issues impacting the natural gas and energy markets across the industry’s value chain—supply, delivery, and end use. We offer an integrated systems perspective to expand the supply of affordable energy, ensure a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, and promote the efficient use of energy resources. To date, GTI programs have resulted in nearly 500 products, 750 licenses and more than 1,300 associated patents. GTI is an independent technology organization, established as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Company details

1700 South Mount Prospect Road , Des Plaines , IL 60018-1804 USA

Locations Served

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Nationally (across the country)

Mission and Objectives

GTI is a research organization with “the energy to lead.” We solve important energy challenges, turning raw technology into practical solutions that create exceptional value for our customers in the global marketplace.

We are driven by four primary objectives, which span the energy industry value chain. They provide both the focus and enduring opportunity for our business endeavors. These objectives are:

  • Expanding the supply of affordable natural gas and renewable energy
  • Ensuring a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure
  • Promoting the clean and efficient use of energy resources.
  • Reducing carbon emissions to the environment.
Our Values

We provide opportunities and a stimulating environment for creative employees to learn, grow, and make a difference.

Market Focus.
We must bring solutions to customers that enable their continued success.

We have an obligation to our customers to deliver the very best product GTI can provide.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and our customers.

GTI’s ultimate success depends on our ability to work together in a manner that delights our customers.

We obey the law and conduct business in a straightforward, transparent manner.

GTI History

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) was formed in April 2000 by the combination of two major research and technology development organizations serving the natural gas industry—Gas Research Institute (GRI) and the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT).

GRI was founded in 1976 in response to the Federal Power Commission (FPC) encouraging increased gas research and development (R&D). GRI administered research funding provided by a surcharge on shipments of natural gas sold by the interstate pipelines. At its peak in 1994, GRI administered funds in excess of $212 million.

IGT, founded in 1941, supported the gas industry need to train graduate engineers. IGT was affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a degree-granting institution from 1941 to 1994, when IGT moved off IIT’s campus to larger facilities in Des Plaines, IL.

As the gas industry evolved, IGT also evolved in parallel and focused on a world-renowned research program with support from many industry sources, including GRI.

As a result of the phasing out of GRI’s funding mechanism, the gas industry encouraged GRI and IGT to combine activities. In 2000, the GRI/IGT combination became official and today, GTI offers the strengths of both predecessors, positioned as a leading research, development and training organization serving the global natural gas industry and energy markets.