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Pursue the Most Impactful Ideas for Natural Gas Users

 

UTD’s members fund the development of exciting new natural gas-related technologies and products that significantly benefit consumers, society and the environment.

 
  • Save consumers money
  • Minimize environmental impacts
  • Enable efficient fuel choices
  • Integrate with renewable energy sources
  • Provide a pathway for innovative natural gas solutions
 

Concentrate on Each Member’s Customers, and Benefit from Collaboration

 

Each UTD utility member allocates their own individual research funds to specific UTD research projects and develop technologies that directly benefit their own customers. But all members share the results of all UTD projects and efforts, thus yielding a diversified portfolio of exciting new products and technologies.

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Advance Applied Research to Make Large Market Impacts

 

UTD typically advances technologies that have demonstrated proof-of-concept performance, or achieved prototype or limited production scale, but may not be fully commercialized or ready for broad support through utility Energy Efficiency programs, Emerging Technology Programs, or other market transformation efforts. UTD works closely with manufacturers (including under licensing agreements, as needed) to accelerate natural gas technology commercialization and market impact.

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Partner With Other Leading Organizations

 

UTD often partners with or co-funds research with universities, manufacturers, other research organizations, and federal, state, and local government agencies such as:

 
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • California Energy Commission
  • Multiple Air Quality Management Districts in California
  • Canada's Natural Gas Innovation Fund™
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Minnesota Conservation Applied Research and Development program
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
 

This benefits UTD’s members and their customers by:

 
  • Multiplying their research funds with significant public sector funds
  • Leveraging national or regional initiatives that can yield both local and global impacts
  • Advancing member’s customers to be early adopters of beneficial new products in field demonstration projects
 

Manufacturers, universities, government laboratories, and others also benefit from partnering with UTD’s utility members and their very large customer base, and working with UTD as a non-commercial, non-profit 501(c)(6).


 

​​​​​​​​​​​​Leverage an Open Innovation Mindset - - Submit Your Idea!

 

UTD is always looking for great new ideas, technologies, and research partners. Do you have an applied/later-stage R&D idea or an emerging product/technology that can significantly benefit natural gas consumers or the environment? If you’d like to potentially work with UTD, please contact us via info@utd-co.org. You’re welcome to include a one-page, non-confidential description of:

 
  • Your research idea or technology, and what need or opportunity it addresses related to using natural gas
  • Your organization
  • The current status of your idea or technology, and potential next steps to advance it

 

Thank you for considering to work with UTD. You’ll receive an acknowledgement that we’ve received your e-mail, and we look forward to speaking with you. We may ask you to consider signing a non-disclosure agreement, if additional information is needed for UTD to make decisions about your idea or technology.

 

UTD typically reviews new projects in one major funding cycle per year - - prioritizing ideas in September and then funding proposals in March. For a deeper understanding of UTD’s research focus and market impact, you can review these documents:

 
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