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Case Study: Thermal Energy Storage at Herkkumaa Food Manufacturing Facility

Herkkumaa Oy, a Finnish food manufacturer, partnered with RTC Solutions Provider Elstor Oy to deploy a 10 MWh thermal energy storage (TES) system to decarbonize its steam production. Implemented in 2023, this system converts electricity into thermal energy and stores it for on-demand use, replacing […]

Case Study: MVR Heat Pumps & Thermal Efficiency at Chivas Brothers Distillery

Upcoming Webinar Hear experts from Piller TSC Blower Corporation dive deeper into this project. Click the icon to register. Explore how Chivas Brothers implemented innovative heat pump technology from RTC Solutions Provider Piller Blowers & Compressors at its distillery in Scotland to increase efficiency and […]

Case Study: Decarbonizing Process Heat at California Dairies, Inc. with Skyven Technologies

Explore how California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the largest member-owned dairy cooperative in California, partnered with RTC Solutions Provider Skyven Technologies to decarbonize industrial process heat across two major facilities. This case study details the project’s integrated approach to deploying solar thermal technology, smart steam traps, […]

Comments on Section 45Y and 48E Credits for Combined Heat and Power

The RTC submitted comments in response to Notice 2022-49 recommending that Treasury and the IRS recognize combined heat and power (CHP) systems using zero-carbon electricity as eligible zero emissions facilities for the Sec. 45Y production tax credit (PTC) and the Sec. 48E investment tax credit […]

Comments on Section 45V Credit for Production of Clean Hydrogen

On December 26, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released proposed rulemaking for the clean hydrogen production tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which aims to lower the production costs of clean hydrogen. The RTC submitted comments supporting attainable and predictable eligibility […]

Case Study: AstraZeneca and Vanguard Renewables U.S. RNG Agreement

This case study details the groundbreaking renewable natural gas (RNG) agreement between RTC Member AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, and RTC Solutions Provider Vanguard Renewables. It provides an in-depth look at one of the largest business-to-business RNG purchases in the North American voluntary market, which […]

Comments on Section 45X Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit

On December 15, 2023, the U.S. Treasury issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Section 45X Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit for the domestic production of certain renewable energy equipment, including thermal batteries. The RTC submitted comments strongly supporting the inclusion of thermal batteries in […]

Electrification Action Plan

The Renewable Thermal Collaborative’s Electrification Action Plan lays out an ambitious, multi-year strategy to address barriers to electrification. It provides a vision for the priority market, policy, and community actions that will drive the RTC towards its goal of a 30% reduction in U.S. industrial […]

RTC Justice40 Opportunity Assessment

The Renewable Thermal Collaborative’s (RTC) membership includes industrial manufacturing companies, non-profits, institutions, and governments with footprints and thermal energy needs throughout the United States. Strategies to decarbonize industrial heat vary greatly from location to location, depending in part on the availability of policy support and […]

Thermal Batteries: Opportunities to Accelerate Decarbonization of Industrial Heat

Thermal batteries present the opportunity to reduce nearly all greenhouse gas emissions from industrial heat, a sizable portion of overall U.S. emissions, by drawing from increasingly abundant renewable electricity sources. Thermal batteries use simple components and storage materials to take clean electricity from grid and […]

Congressional Policy Priorities to Decarbonize U.S. Industry and Enhance Competitiveness

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) made some significant investments in industrial decarbonization, particularly for clean hydrogen and carbon capture, storage, and utilization. However, analyses show that the IRA does not adequately incentivize the full range of renewable […]

Playbook for Decarbonizing Process Heat in the Food & Beverage Sector

In the U.S., food & beverage processing produces more emissions from industrial heat use than any other sector outside of refineries, chemicals, or iron & steel. 97% of the heat in this sector falls in the low-temperature range, making electrification with heat pumps and electric […]

Electrification Road Map

This roadmap is designed to help thermal energy users identify, analyze, and execute electrification projects. It categorizes what companies need to consider and the questions they need to ask while exploring electrification options.

Case Study: Solar Thermal at Colgate-Palmolive Factory

To advance their decarbonization goals, RTC Member Colgate-Palmolive installed a solar thermal system, built by RTC Solutions Provider Absolicon, on the roof of a home goods manufacturing facility in Athens, Greece. After considering other renewable options, Colgate chose solar thermal because it integrates with their […]

Green Hydrogen Technology Assessment

Green hydrogen, produced using electrolysis and renewable electricity, can play a unique and critical role in decarbonizing high-heat industrial processes, such as manufacturing steel, chemicals, and cement. According to the Renewable Thermal Vision Report published by the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, blue and green hydrogen can […]

Response to Greenhouse Gas Protocol Market-based Accounting Approaches Survey

Between November 2022 and March 2023, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) invited public feedback on the current suite of corporate standards and guidance, including suggestions for maintaining current practices, updating standards, or developing additional guidance. This stakeholder input will inform the scope of any future […]

Industrial Electrification in U.S. States – Factsheets

Meeting the United States’ goals of reducing carbon emissions 50-52% by 2035 requires a concentrated effort to develop and deploy clean technologies across sectors. The country’s industrial sector poses a serious challenge: while the share of renewable energy used to generate electricity continues to grow, […]

Industrial Electrification in U.S. States

Meeting the United States’ goals of reducing carbon emissions 50-52% by 2035 requires a concentrated effort to develop and deploy clean technologies across sectors. The country’s industrial sector poses a serious challenge: while the share of renewable energy used to generate electricity continues to grow, […]

Many analyses, including the Renewable Thermal Vision Report, identify electric heat pumps as a critical opportunity to decarbonize low-temperature industrial heat generation, which accounts for 29% of total U.S. industrial thermal emissions. Heat pumps have garnered attention for their ability to utilize heat from ambient […]

RTC Comments to Treasury on IRA Implementation

Since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) policy team has submitted several comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding the Act’s implementation. The issues on which the RTC has commented include: The qualification of facility […]

Comments on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: Draft Land Sector and Removals Guidance

In September 2022, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) published a draft of the Land Sector and Removals Guidance which included Annex B: Biomethane. The annex sought to clarify GHGP guidance on the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) certificates, effectively disallowing their use for RNG […]

The Renewable Thermal Vision for U.S. Industrial Decarbonization

The US industrial sector produces 24% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, over half of which come from thermal energy use to create the products we use and the food we eat. Until recently, this was the forgotten wedge of US climate […]

Case Study: University of California, Davis ‘Big Shift’ Electrification Project

The University of California, Davis constructed a new hot water heating system powered by electricity to replace old, natural gas-powered steam equipment. The project, named the Big Shift, will reduce UC Davis’ overall carbon emissions by at least 40% and enable the University to achieve Scope 1 and Scope 2

Case Study: University of California Renewable Natural Gas/Biomethane Procurement

Together with direct electrification, energy efficiency, and renewable electricity projects, the University of California1 (the University or UC) is procuring biomethane to replace 40% of its natural gas needs. This biomethane procurement strategy is an integral part of the University of California’s plan to reach net zero Scope 1 and

Green Hydrogen Primer

To help energy users and policymakers better understand this rapidly evolving technology, this primer focuses on the application of green hydrogen for industrial process heat and provides a high-level analysis of both the potential and challenges of this technology. It is intended to enhance the knowledge of energy buyers, policymakers,

Case Study: Diageo Distillery

When constructing a new distillery in Kentucky, Diageo decided to use electric boilers powered by a mix of 100% renewable wind and solar energy sources rather than conventional thermal processes. This choice — in addition to several sustainability features — resulted in significant avoided emissions […]

Clean Industrial Heat: A Technology Inclusive Framework

This brief was prepared by C2ES with the generous support of Breakthrough Energy, LLC. for the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) and C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) to inform discussions on pathways for decarbonizing thermal heating loads for the industrial sector. This brief presents several […]

Solar Thermal Technology Assessment

Thermal energy is a key component of energy use in the United States and around the world, particularly in the industrial sector. Energy used for process heat and space heating accounts for 75 percent of global final industrial energy demand. In the U.S., fossil fuel […]

Low-Carbon Renewable Thermal Technology Solutions: Policies to Support Development and Deployment

While policy solutions have been implemented for decades to expand the development of and access to renewable electricity, low-carbon renewable thermal technologies in particular, and low-carbon technologies for industry in general, have not benefitted from such widespread policy support. In order to be effective, any […]

Electrifying U.S. Industry: A Technology- and Process-Based Approach to Decarbonization

On January 27, 2021, Global Efficiency Intelligence (GEI) and David Gardiner and Associates (DGA) released Electrifying U.S. Industry: A Technology and Process-Based Approach to Decarbonization, a new report to the Renewable Thermal Collaborative. The report finds that there is a significant opportunity to decarbonize the industrial […]

A Primer: The Importance of Addressing Your Thermal Footprint

Today, in a report to the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and David Gardiner and Associates published a report that is intended to help commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) organizations set targets for renewable thermal energy usage. Drawing […]

What Renewable Electricity Markets Can Tell Us About the Future of Renewable Thermal Energy

Today, in a report to the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), David Gardiner and Associates (DGA) published an issue brief and factsheet regarding the role of renewable thermal technologies in state renewable portfolio standards and thoughts on what renewable electricity markets can tell us about the […]

Sustainable Options for Reducing Emissions from Thermal Energy: Showcasing Successful Outcomes from Six Case Studies

Today, in a report to the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) published a series of six case studies illustrating renewable thermal technologies used by Members of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative. The set of case studies represents a range of […]

A Landscape Review of the Global Renewable Heating and Cooling Market

Today, in a report to the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), David Gardiner and Associates (DGA) published a landscape review of existing literature that identifies the status of the existing and potential renewable thermal marketplace both globally and in the U.S. The report focuses on four […]

Renewable Heating and Cooling for Industrial Applications: Guidance for Carbon Accounting

Renewable Heating and Cooling for Industrial Applications: Guidance for Carbon Accounting, was developed by independent research from Ecofys, a Navigant company, and published in collaboration with the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) with support from Mars Incorporated. Part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the RTC is harnessing corporate […]