University of California, San Diego campus looks set to host hydrogen blending demonstration project

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) campus is set to host a demonstration project to study how blending hydrogen with natural gas in existing gas systems could help achieve the energy transition in California, US.

San Diego Gas & Electricity Company (SDG&E) revealed it had submitted a proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the project, which could see the injection of up to 20% hydrogen into plastic natural gas pipe on an isolated section of gas line, serving a UC San Diego apartment complex.

If approved, the hydrogen blended gas would be used for common building equipment including boilers and water heaters. H2 View understands the hydrogen for the study would be produced onsite via a dedicated, grid-connected electrolyser.

SDG&E has said the results of the study would help inform the development of a renewable hydrogen blending standard for California.

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