SoCalGas and Kore begin testing carbon-negative waste-to-energy technology

SoCalGas announced that Kore Infrastructure has successfully begun testing and demonstrating its carbon negative technology at one of its Los Angeles facilities. The modular system is designed to divert organic waste from landfills and convert it into carbon negative hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). Testing Kore Infrastructure’s innovative technology is important because it provides key insights into operating efficiency and costs and can help determine if the technology could be cost-effective if deployed at scale.

Kore’s modular system heats organic waste to high temperatures in an oxygen-free environment, converting the waste into a mixture of gases that could be converted into carbon negative hydrogen or GNR, as well as a solid charcoal that can be used to improve soil quality or help decarbonize cement and steel production.

SoCalGas contributed $1.5 million to the demonstration project, which also received funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD). Kore Infrastructure’s process is designed to meet South Coast AQMD ultra-low particulate and NOx emission standards

“This is the type of innovative approach that we increasingly need that uses sustainable processes,” said Ben J. Benoit, Chairman of the South Coast AQMD Board of Directors. “Not only will this divert materials from landfills, but the process will create clean energy sources that can be used in fuel cell vehicles and other clean air technologies.”

“SoCalGas will continue to support companies developing innovative technologies to help achieve carbon neutrality,” said Neil Navin, Vice President of Clean Energy Innovations for SoCalGas. “The production of carbon-negative RNG and hydrogen could help ensure energy security and decarbonize California in our energy transition.”

Kore plans to demonstrate the production of 99.999% pure hydrogen that would be suitable for fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses and trains by the third quarter of 2022. The demonstration facility has the potential to process up to 24 tons per day of organic feedstock and produce up to one metric ton of carbon-negative UltraGreen™ hydrogen per day, enough hydrogen for more than 1,400 fuel cell electric cars.

“In California, transportation is responsible for approximately 40% of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Cornelius Shields, CEO and Founder of Kore Infrastructure. “We are working with leaders in the waste, energy and transportation industries to provide a Made in America, carbon-negative energy solution. Our UltraGreen hydrogen will be the fuel of the future for light vehicles, heavy trucks and buses, ensuring our supply chain is emission-free, sustainable and affordable.

This demonstration project could also help California reduce methane emissions from landfills under Senate Bill 1383 by converting organic waste into carbon-negative renewable fuel. SoCalGas research has shown that clean fuels like hydrogen and RNG can offer the most affordable, resilient and technologically proven path to total carbon neutrality.

These clean fuels could be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes and hard-to-electrify sectors, including heavy transportation. SoCalGas is already demonstrating how renewable hydrogen made from RNG could power a public transport fleet.

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