SoCalGas funds demonstration of adsorbed natural gas technology for light-duty trucks

March 18, 2019. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced it will fund a field demonstration of adsorbed natural gas bi-fuel vehicles powered by natural gas compressing technology developed by Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. and Ingevity. Adsorbed natural gas technology uses Ingevity's unique Nuchar® activated carbon to reduce the storage pressure of natural gas without sacrificing the volume of natural gas stored through a process called adsorption. Using this type of fuel provides a cleaner and lower cost fuel option for large, light-duty vehicles, such as SUVs, half-ton pickup trucks, and service vans, than diesel, gasoline, or traditional compressed natural gas fuel.

   "The transportation sector accounts for more than 80 percent of smog forming emissions and about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in California," said Yuri Freedman, senior director of business development at SoCalGas. "Natural gas can play an important role in reducing emissions, and adsorbed natural gas can revolutionize the way natural gas is used as a transportation fuel. We are excited to see how the vehicles perform during the demonstration."

   "It is the unique 'capture and release' properties of our Nuchar activated carbon that makes this incredible new transportation option possible," said Ed Woodcock, executive vice president and president of Performance Materials at Ingevity. "Having SoCalGas as a project partner will provide invaluable insight and support as we work to demonstrate the value of adsorbed natural gas to the natural gas community and light-duty vehicle fleets, and commercialize this exciting new technology."

   SoCalGas is providing funding for the project with research and development funds authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission and will also test and validate the adsorbed natural gas vehicles during a six-month demonstration period.

   Results from SoCalGas' demonstration will support a commercial rollout of adsorbed natural gas vehicles to fleet operators in Southern California.