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SoCalGas successfully tests 20% hydrogen blend in household appliances

SoCalGas successfully tests 20% hydrogen blend in household appliances

Hydrogen blending is becoming an increasingly popular technology to power household systems and appliances with California set to benefit from successful tests in this area.

Revealed on Thursday (Sept 30), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has successfully tested a blend of 20% hydrogen through a closed loop natural gas system which now paves the way to decarbonise household systems.

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Tested at the groups Engineering Analysis Center and Centralised Training Facility, technicians measured the performance of common household appliances, such as stoves and wall heaters, when they had been fuelled with a blend of hydrogen and natural gas.

It is expected that the testing of the hydrogen blend uses similar engineering and technology that will later be used to blend hydrogen into the natural gas grid in the future.

This could decarbonise vast stretches of urban areas by utilising a clean fuel for everyday operations.

The test also provides key operational and safety experience, including testing for pipeline leaks, that will enable SoCalGas to implement larger scale hydrogen blending demonstrations.

Neil Navin, Vice-President of Clean Energy Innovations for SoCalGas, said, “In a net zero emissions California, clean fuels like hydrogen will play an essential role in supporting a reliable electric grid, in eliminating emissions from hard to electrify sectors of the economy like transportation and industry, and in making the transition to a clean energy economy affordable.

“The European Hydrogen Backbone Initiative is a great example on how cooperation can accelerate these goals.

“There, some 23 nations are working to repurpose 70% of their existing natural gas infrastructure to carry clean hydrogen to a cluster of demand centres across the European Union.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.


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