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Promoting Gas Market

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By Gas Technology Institute

ew gas end-use products, such as residential space
conditioning and water heating, commercial foodservice
appliances, and industrial equipment are bringing
enormous benefits of cost-effective, high-efficiency
equipment directly to gas consumers. Using natural

As performance standards for
residential water heaters increase in
the future, natural-gas water-heating
products need to be able to meet
or exceed energy-efficiency targets.
The performance targets met by the
GHPWH product development program
provide technology that can fulfill these
requirements along with cost-savings
for homeowners.

gas directly to reduce carbon emissions, these new

innovations will help to meet future energy needs efficiently and responsibly.
RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS:
HVAC AND WATER HEATING
One key example is a high-efficiency
gas-fired heat pump water heater
(GHPWH). These ultra-high-efficiency
units integrate a small absorption heat
pump with a hot water storage tank to
meet nitric oxide (NOx) requirements.
This novel technology has an Energy
Factor (EF) that is more than twice
that of standard gas water heaters. It
offers the lowest operating cost and
cost of ownership, with 50 percent
energy savings.
With funding from Utilization
Technology Development (UTD), the
water heater was designed and tested by
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Stone
Mountain Technologies, along with
major water heater manufacturers.
Several field trials of pre-commercial
GHPWHs in the Pacific Northwest and
Tennessee have been completed,
demonstrating greater than 50 percent
reductions in gas consumption. The

demonstration provided answers
on installed performance, predicted
savings, knowledge level of installation
contractors, and market barriers.
Currently, demonstration of
fourth-generation units at homes in
Southern California is advancing the
technology toward commercialization.
Additional data will help to quantify the
impact of the technology, and address
known reliability and performance issues.
Market assessment and stakeholder
outreach activities are taking place in
parallel to support a successful market
introduction in the next year. The project
will aggressively advance water heating
efficiency and use the resulting cost
savings to offset the technology's cost.

COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS:
BOILER ENERGY SAVINGS
There are over 140,000 large
commercial boilers in use at hospitals,
schools, and multifamily and office
buildings. "Many of these are
conventional hydronic [hot water]
boilers," says Dave Cygan, R&D manager
at GTI. "They're old and inefficient, with
the single-largest energy loss occurring
through the vent pipe."
GTI has been working to advance
the commercialization and adoption of
the HeatSponge Sidekick economizer,
a new technology that would recover
a significant portion of energy lost
through fule gases, while also reducing
the carbon footprint and NOx emissions.
A standalone unit, the Sidekick makes
installation quick and easy. It can be
easily customized for use on boiler

These new and emerging technologies
being introduced to the market will
help to establish high-value domestic
uses of natural gas.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Spring 2018

First Person
APGA Events
Disasters Bring Challenges and Opportunities
Furnace Rule Update
APGA Strategic Planning
Conversation with an APGA member: Tallahassee
NGSA’s Winter Natural Gas Outlook Projects Record Demand, Matched by Robust Storage and Production
Promoting Gas Market Growth
New White Paper Offers Guidance to Natural Gas Utilities on Thriving in a Changing Landscape
Legislative Outlook
Marketing Matters
At Last
Advertiser's Index/ Advertiser.com
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - First Person
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - APGA Events
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Disasters Bring Challenges and Opportunities
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Furnace Rule Update
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - APGA Strategic Planning
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - 15
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Conversation with an APGA member: Tallahassee
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - 17
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - NGSA’s Winter Natural Gas Outlook Projects Record Demand, Matched by Robust Storage and Production
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - 19
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Promoting Gas Market Growth
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - 21
THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - New White Paper Offers Guidance to Natural Gas Utilities on Thriving in a Changing Landscape
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - Marketing Matters
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THE SOURCE - Spring 2018 - At Last
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