Emerging technology

energySMART’s emerging technology initiative seeks to select and assess promising new technologies that have the potential to generate natural gas savings for Nicor Gas customers. This service seeks to introduce new energy-efficient technologies and practices to the market.

Submit your application today.

How it works

energySMART seeks to bring products and practices commercially available to widespread adoption. These technologies go through pilot assessments to provide information on true performance, operational energy savings and would-be installation costs of future energySMART offerings. After conducting pilot assessments, the technologies are evaluated to determine if they should be added to the portfolio of energySMART offerings.

 

Participation benefits

Participation in an emerging technology pilot is the first step in determining if your product or practice should be eligible for an energySMART rebate. If selected for a pilot assessment, energySMART will provide:

  • Assessment-related technical consulting, design and engineering assistance.
  • Customer incentives for equipment and installation, depending on project specifics.
  • Monitoring and data collection to demonstrate savings.
  • Project summary of results when the pilot assessment is complete.
Pilots that establish promising therm savings in the Nicor Gas service territory will be considered for rebate offerings. Review our current project successes to see the program in action.

Pitch an idea

Pitch an idea to us if you have a technology that you would like to pilot that meets the following participant and technology criteria:

  • A manufacturer or vendor of a new product or practice that has the potential to realize natural gas savings for Nicor Gas customers.
  • Prototype units are not eligible. Applicants should be prepared to provide functioning units for pilot assessments (subsidies for equipment or installation costs may be available).
  • Product or practice for residential, commercial or industrial applications.
  • Pilot assessments must be conducted at Nicor Gas customer sites.
  • Proposed products and practices must comply with all local, state and federal regulations.
Before you apply, make sure to read the program overview to better understand the application process.

Submit your application

Submit applications for innovative improvements and bring your energy-efficient concepts to life.

Apply now.

If you are an engineer, entrepreneur, business owner or manufacturer with an energy efficiency technology, we would like to speak with you.

Contact us at nicorgasetp@gastechnology.org 

HE heating RTUs

Review the high-efficiency heating roof-top units public project report.

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Destratification fans

Review the destratification fans public project report.

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Non-modulating dryer retrofit

Review the non-modulating dryer retrofit public project report.

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Pulsing gas submeter

Review the pulsing gas submeter public project report.

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Commercial food service modulating valve

Review the commercial food service modulating valve retrofit public project report.

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Demand-based hot water recirculation

Review the demand-based domestic hot water recirculation public project report.

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Combined domestic hot water and space heating systems

Review the combined domestic hot water and space heating public project report.

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Home energy management system

Review the home energy management system public project report.

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Dynamic air balancing

Review the dynamic air balancing public project report.

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Chemical additive for boilers

Review the boiler chemical additive public project report.

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Ozone laundry

Review the ozone laundry public project report.

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Air curtains

Review the air curtains public project report.

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Real-time steam trap monitoring

Review the real-time steam trap monitoring public project report.

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Small commercial building EMIS

Review the small commercial buildings energy management and information system public project report.

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Dryer moisture sensor retrofit

Review the dryer moisture sensor retrofit public project report.

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