SoCalGas Collaborating on ClearSign Technologies’ Hydrogen Ultra Low NOx Burner Project

Sept. 22, 2023
SoCalGas will provide $500,000 in funding to introduce and demonstrate hydrogen-capable ClearSign Core burner technology in Southern California

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will collaborate and provide additional funding to ClearSign Technologies Corporation’s Hydrogen Ultra Low NOx burner project.

The project, now entering its commercialization phase, is designed to help decarbonize hard-to-electrify industries by helping them adopt hydrogen fuel for heating and reducing industrial emissions. SoCalGas will also provide $500,000 in funding to introduce and demonstrate the hydrogen-capable ClearSign Core burner technology in Southern California.

"The project offers a look at how hydrogen can play a vital role in helping industries in California start down the path to net zero through technology that allows the transition to clean fuels," said Neil Navin, SoCalGas Chief Clean Fuels Officer. "Investments in clean fuel technologies like this will be key in providing hard-to-decarbonize industries the means to reach net zero quickly and affordably."

While Phase One of the project completed and deployed a prototype process burner to integrate hydrogen and hydrogen blending and maintain NOx below 5 ppm, Phase Two will require scaling up the size of the burner from 2 MMBtu per hour up to 8 MMBtu per hour and deploy it in real-world, commercial industrial settings by 2025.

To help California achieve net zero by 2045, SoCalGas is also working to develop Angeles Link, a proposed green hydrogen pipeline system, to deliver clean, reliable, renewable energy to Los Angeles. The project is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation, industrial processes, heavy-duty trucks, and other hard-to-electrify sectors of the Southern California economy.

Through pilot projects, SoCalGas is helping California to develop a hydrogen blending standard to understand how clean fuels like renewable hydrogen can be delivered at scale through the state’s existing natural gas system and reduce costs of hydrogen by increased usage and building a hydrogen market.