ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

February 27, 2017 to March 1, 2017

RTI International’s energy research team will feature two research projects at the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27–March 1 in Washington, DC.

Known as the “premier event dedicated to transformational energy solutions,” this annual summit gathers more than 2,200 of the top energy industry experts from government, academia and business to bring the latest energy innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace.

RTI will have experts available at Booth #1114 to discuss our feature projects and our capabilities and research in:

  • Natural Gas
  • Biomass Conversion
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization
  • Syngas Processing
  • Industrial Water Treatment
  • Advanced Materials
  • Process Development
  • Solar Thermal Technology

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our experts while at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, please contact Markus Lesemann (1.919.599.4096) or stop by the RTI International Booth #1114.

Feature Projects

RTI experts Raghubir Gupta, John Carpenter, Markus Lesemann, Dennis Gilmore, and Joshua Hlebak will be onsite to discuss the following feature projects.

Compact, Inexpensive Micro-Reformers for Distributed Gas-to-Liquid (GTL)

The objective of this distributed GTL project is to demonstrate the utilization of an internal combustion engine as a small, inexpensive technology to convert natural gas into a liquid product, such as methanol. Methanol provides a strong market entry point for engine reformer technology, but successful demonstration would also enable other products, such as FT liquids or Dimethyl Ether, to be produced from small-scale natural gas sources, including biogas. Read more about this project here.

Key innovations:

  • Highly compact design of natural gas reformer section, based on inexpensive internal combustion engine
  • Modular system approach, suitable for mass manufacturing
  • Small unit size allows for centralized or distributed deployment
  • Low capital requirement

High Operating Temperature Transfer & Storage (HOTTS) System for Light Metal Production 

The HOTTS system is a novel concentrating solar-thermal-energy transport and storage system for use in industrial processes.

Key characteristics:

  • Process for delivering renewable, high-quality thermal energy to a light-metals production facility
  • High-temperature heat storage capability to facilitate 24/7 operation
  • Novel dry, particle-based heat-transfer fluid with temperature capabilities above 1,100°C
  • High temperature Mo-Si-B material of construction enabling high operating temperature