Low Carbon Resources Initiative surpasses 50 members with new additions

Published on February 14, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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The Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) surpassed 50 members with the recent addition of ConocoPhillips, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and Tampa Electric as partners.

LCRI was launched by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in 2020 to bring together industry stakeholders to advance the goal of decarbonization by 2050. The focus of this five-year initiative is to accelerate the development, demonstration, and deployment at scale of hydrogen and other low-carbon energy technologies and fuels.

“Global challenges to reducing carbon emissions require global solutions, and that strikes at the heart of why LCRI was founded,” Neva Espinoza, EPRI vice president of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, said. “Working together with our 50-plus members, LCRI is leading the charge by driving innovation that is key to a clean energy future.”

The members of the LCRI are all committed to meeting aggressive emissions reductions goals and advancing the technologies needed to get there.

“The industry-wide support for the LCRI illustrates the urgent need to develop and demonstrate low-carbon resource technologies,” Mike Rutkowski, GTI senior vice president, Research and Technology Development, said. “This is a great example of how the power of collaboration can accelerate and de-risk solutions.”

LCRI is also working closely with government and academic experts across the globe. In October 2021, LCRI, in concert with New York Power Authority, initiated its first demonstration project, blending hydrogen in a natural gas turbine.

The findings from this pilot project will be made available to inform the power industry. More demonstration projects are planned for 2022.