SoCalGas, Bloom Energy ready to kick-start hydrogen blending project in California

The California Institute of Technology will next year see hydrogen blended into its existing natural gas network as part of newly unveiled project between SoCalGas and Bloom Energy.

Unveiling the project today (Dec 14), the duo said it will produce hydrogen onsite with a Bloom Energy solid oxide, high temperature electrolyser for injection in Caltech’s gas grid.

Once produced, the 10% hydrogen blend will be converted into electricity without combustion through existing Bloom Energy fuel cells downstream of the SoCalGas meter, producing electricity for a proportion of the university.

It is hoped the project will encourage long duration clean energy storage and low-carbon distributed power generation throughout California and the wider US.

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