We develop advanced energy technologies to address today's significant energy challenges, such as climate change, energy security, energy efficiency, sustainability, and water conservation. Our research supports national and worldwide goals of reliable, sustainable, economically viable, and secure energy supplies.
RTI scientists and engineers conduct applied research and development for the power, chemical, and petroleum refining industries, as well as for transportation. We work with process technology licensors, gas processing companies, oil refiners, chemical manufacturers, clean fuels developers, catalyst manufacturers, and other commercial clients, as well as with the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and other government agencies.
Our R&D programs are also directly engaged with the social, political, and economic aspects of energy. RTI energy economists provide detailed, quantitative analyses of the economic benefits derived from new energy technologies. We perform prospective and retrospective studies of technologies and industries, and present economic return measures for R&D programs as a whole.
Capabilities and Expertise
- Catalyst and sorbent development
- Process engineering, simulation, and design
- Membrane development
- Lab-scale and bench-scale testing
- Process scale-up and prototype demonstration
Working with RTI
We work closely with commercial, government, and academic partners to maintain a portfolio of innovative energy technologies with a high potential for commercial success. Strategic alliances with industry partners ensure that economic and technical feasibility are part of our thinking from initial concept through to the development stages. Our focus is on joint development activities, but we also provide commercial clients with specialized research and development, testing, and analytical services.
Following are examples of industries that our Energy Research program serves:
- Fuels and chemicals
- Gas processing