RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION (RD&D)

Working to reduce the environmental impact for all of us.

SoCalGas® is actively working towards the goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045. Innovation and the rapid development of new technologies are vital to our success. Our Research, Development, & Demonstration (RD&D) Program plays a key role in this effort by developing and demonstrating transformational products and technologies that promote decarbonization across the natural gas value chain and a diversified portfolio of clean energy sources, distributed networks, tools, and applications.

RD&D Spotlights

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    Cal State LA Drives Upward Mobility Through Senior-Year Engineering Program

    We worked with Cal State LA’s engineering program to help students sharpen their professional skills. The Capstone Senior Design Program presents students with the opportunity to review current real-world engineering challenges. This program helps students become critical thinkers and gain valuable experience that they can carry with them into their careers. 

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    Photo of hydrogen fuel cell drone over a body of water and two ships.

    Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Drones Enable Long-Range Pipeline Inspection

    We have begun exploring the use of zero-emission, hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered drones with Korean firm Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) and GTI, an R&D organization that develops and demonstrates new energy technologies. Zero-emission drones lay the groundwork for a companywide transition to hydrogen-fuel-cell powered aircraft to improve the efficiency of pipeline inspections.

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Our Recent Webinar

Metal Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: The Key to Efficient, Fast-start Backup Power Generation

SoCalGas and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invite you to watch our recent webinar about an innovative metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) that can be used for clean power generation and electrolytic hydrogen production. Unique features of the MS-SOFC enable use in fast-start and dynamic applications that are too aggressive for conventional SOFCs.

This webinar introduced LBNL’s MS-SOFC technology and discuss the recent work that LBNL completed with assistance from SoCalGas RD&D, DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Office (HFTO), and Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to fabricate and demonstrate MS-SOFCs with catalysts tailored for each of these applications.

 

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Meet the team

Learn more about the Research, Development, and Demonstration team at SoCalGas

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