Southern California Gas to Test New Hydrogen-Producing Technology
By Chris Wack
Sempra Energy said its Southern California Gas Co. subsidiary
will demonstrate a groundbreaking technological combination that
will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas at SunLine Transit
Agency's hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, Calif.
The company said the research project, called H2 SilverSTARS,
will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine's fleet of 17
hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and support further
The combination of new technologies will make it possible to
provide renewable hydrogen made from RNG at natural gas fueling
stations, or any location near a natural gas pipeline. The goal is
to produce emissions-free renewable hydrogen for fuel cell electric
cars and other vehicles at a price competitive with gasoline.
Southern California Gas said the demonstration project will
integrate two core technologies. The first, Linde's HydroPrime
HC300 MIN system, will make hydrogen from renewable natural gas the
same way large centralized hydrogen production plants do, but with
compact equipment small enough to fit in a tractor trailer
The second technology, STARS-165 SMR, built by the start-up
STARS corporation will achieve significantly greater efficiencies
in producing hydrogen by using a compact microchannel design and is
driven by an electricity-powered induction heating process, meaning
there is no combustion, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas
emissions compared with traditional hydrogen production.
The project is expected to last 36 months and will initially
demonstrate both core technologies individually and collect
performance data to assess the STARS system's potential to improve
its efficiency and cost.
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