June 19, 2022. The California Energy Commission awarded Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) a $750,000 grant to pursue development of a novel hydrogen production system using biogas to create affordable, scalable, renewable hydrogen.

“SoCalGas is at the forefront of hydrogen innovation as we look to decarbonize California through the use of clean fuels,” said Neil Navin, SoCalGas Vice President, Clean Energy Innovations. “We are thankful for the CEC’s continued efforts to support technology and innovation to scale-up hydrogen production.  This project will help us get that much closer to net zero by developing a method to create affordable, renewable hydrogen at scale to bring down prices and provide an important tool to help us reduce carbon emissions.”

This project aims to lower costs of producing renewable hydrogen to $1.39 per kilogram, comparable to the cost of producing hydrogen via more conventional means, while also reducing emissions up to 95%. When powered by renewable electricity, the system will produce low-carbon or carbon-negative hydrogen and capture all the carbon dioxide co-product for use in feedstock, CO2-based fuels, microalgae fuels and products and concrete building materials. The demonstration system will be designed to produce 5 kilograms of hydrogen per day.