Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has responded to the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Earthshot” Hydrogen Program’s Request for Information with a number of clean hydrogen R&D projects.
The submissions will aid DOE’s hydrogen program in prioritizing projects that would drive clean hydrogen breakthroughs that will decrease emissions, create jobs, and help the country achieve a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.
On these efforts, SoCalGas is collaborating with a number of partners, including the University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, and the Green Hydrogen Coalition, to name a few.
HyDeal LA, the Renewable Hydrogen Ecosystem, and the Direct Solar Methane Conversion projects are among the initiatives that have been submitted to the DOE request.
HyDeal LA is a project to design the green hydrogen ecosystem in the Los Angeles basin in order to accomplish at-scale purchase of green hydrogen at $1.50/kg by 2030.
In addition, the Renewable Hydrogen Ecosystem effort at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a project that will employ hydrogen produced from solar and wind energy to construct a zero-emissions energy system on campus.
Direct Sun Methane Conversion is a revolutionary technique created by UCLA researchers that uses solar radiation to separate the carbon and hydrogen atoms in natural gas with zero or negative emissions.
When commercialized, this produces hydrogen and absorbs carbon in solid form, which can be employed in high-value energy technology applications.
Maryam Brown, President of SoCalGas, said, “Green hydrogen is a renewable energy source that can be ready-to-go whenever it’s needed for power generation, manufacturing, or transportation.
“We believe this flexible, storable fuel will be essential to achieving net-zero emissions in California, and that is why we are working collaboratively with these partners to advance these important hydrogen projects.”