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Sempra, DOE to explore hydrogen solutions with new MoU

Sempra, DOE to explore hydrogen solutions with new MoU

Sempra Energy has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that includes the integration of hydrogen solutions.

The MoU is expected to build off nearly 10 years of ongoing collaboration and will continue current work researching and developing innovative solutions to help shape a lower-carbon future.

This will be done through technology and applications capable of withstanding increasing energy demand and broad adoption while advancing future innovation.

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 As part of the MoU, the two groups will coordinate and share objectives of several applications and factors.

One such factor includes integrating low-carbon fuel solutions, including hydrogen, renewable natural gas, carbon capture, utilisation and sequestrian in addition to fuel cells.

As well as this, exploring innovative solutions towards 100% renewable energy communities, requiring and implementing smart and enhanced controls, integration and operational capabilities as a blueprint for expansion.

Sempra Energy and its operating companies, including SoCalGas and SDG&E, are also exploring the decarbonisation of regional and industrial hubs, or industrial clusters, to mitigate carbon emissions from industrial processes – such as manufacturing, steel and chemicals – that cannot be electrified.

The companies, in partnership with NREL and the US Department of Energy, are researching integrated solutions that may enable these sectors to achieve significant emissions reductions, while maintaining productivity, creating jobs, and fostering healthier communities.

Lisa Alexander, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for Sempra Energy, said, “To achieve global carbon-neutrality, energy systems will need to transform dramatically over the coming decades.

“Our partnership with NREL drives forward a vision to advance the energy systems of the future by focusing on innovation and resiliency.

“New investment and innovative partnerships are critical to developing solutions that will manifest a global energy transition while promoting economic growth and prosperity.”

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