SoCalGas to Test Hydrogen Distribution Technology
By Stephen Nakrosis
Southern California Gas Co. on Wednesday said it will field test
a new technology which might allow hydrogen to be transported via a
natural gas pipeline.
"At scale, the technology would allow hydrogen to be easily and
affordably transported via the natural gas pipeline system, then
extracted and compressed at fueling stations that provide hydrogen
for fuel cell electric vehicles," the company said.
Neil Navin, vice president of clean energy innovations at
SoCalGas, said the technology could allow hydrogen to be
distributed to wherever it is needed using the natural-gas
The new technology, called Electrochemical Hydrogen Purification
and Compression, applies an electrical current to a membrane that
allows only hydrogen to permeate it, the company said. Continuously
applying the electrical current builds up and pressurizes the
The technology was created by Netherlands-based HyET Hydrogen,
The project, which will begin in March at SoCalGas' Engineering
Analysis Center in Pico Rivera, California, is expected to be
completed by the third quarter of next year.
SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.
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