Our History


Thermoelectric Generator's (TEG) history began with NASA's Apollo program in 1975.  3M developed the technology for the TEGs to generate the Apollo mission's power on the moon.  In 1975, GPT's founders, a group of entrepreneurs from the oil and gas industry, purchased the thermoelectric technology from 3M and chose Bassano, Alberta as the site for their manufacturing plant. The company name at that time was Global Thermoelectric.  In 2015 the company name was changed to Gentherm Global Power Technologies (GPT).

After adapting the thermoelectric technology for the oil and gas and telecom markets in Alberta, GPT's business rapidly grew.  Thermoelectric generators quickly became the world standard for Industrial remote power systems. From the first few installations in Canada, GPT's Thermoelectric Generators (TEGs) are regularly used in the following industries:

  • Gas pipelines
  • Wellheads
  • Offshore platforms
  • Telecommunications
  • Security surveillance and monitoring

To date there have been more than 35,000 Gentherm Global Power Technologies’ (GPT) TEGs installed in 55 countries.

But GPT evolved to more than just TEGs:

GPT's success with TEGs led to the development and integration of other industrial remote power products. GPT now provides remote power systems where TEGs are not ideal, including larger loads and liquid fueled systems.

GPT offers solutions based on industrial gensets, hybrids, photovoltaics (Solar power), grid-connected systems and combined heat and power systems. GPT constantly monitors new power technologies, working with industry partners to select and integrate options to meet their unique remote site power needs.

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Gentherm Global Power Technologies*(GPT)  Remote power products are designed for a minimum 20-year service life.

  • check marks GPT solutions are known for their ability to operate reliably in any environment.
  • check marks There are 35,000+ GPT products installed in 55 countries.
  • check marks GPT has received the Canada Export Award three times as well as a special Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • check marks GPT's head office is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • check marks GPT has corporate offices in Canada and the U.S. and authorized sales representatives throughout the world.
  • check marks GPT and its employees are active contributors to its customer communities through charitable donations and volunteer work
  • check marks GPT provides:
    Power where you need it.®

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