Research and Development

Reducing the environmental impact for us and our customers.

SoCalGas® is consistently looking for opportunities to reduce our environmental impact as well as the impact of our customers. Our Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) department collaborates with customers, businesses and manufacturers in search of potential projects to test new products and technologies that will save energy and reduce emissions. These projects not only help meet state and federal requirements for reducing greenhouse gases and emissions but can create huge cost savings for our customers.


SoCalGas® RD&D and Opus 12 Present: “Utilization of CO2 Emissions to Make Renewable Fuels and Chemicals"

Webinar Details:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

10:00 AM PDT. 




Opus 12, a clean-energy startup with its origins at Stanford University and the prestigious Cyclotron Road program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, recently announced the advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the carbon dioxide content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas, a critical improvement in the science of upgrading waste emissions to renewable gas.

The single-step process is designed to use renewable electricity, and thus also provides a way for long-term storage of excess wind and solar power. The twelve-month research and development effort was funded by SoCalGas and PG&E and builds on the success of an initial feasibility study in 2018.

In this webinar, Dr. Etosha (Eee-tah-sha) Cave, co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Opus 12, will discuss the science behind electrochemical CO2 reduction, how additional development would make this technology cost-competitive with other biogas upgrading processes, and how this work fits into Opus 12's larger mission to convert CO2 to useful products. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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Research, Development & Demonstration Department Webinar Workshop for the 2021 Research Plan

SoCalGas® Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) staff conducted a stakeholder workshop to discuss the RD&D Research Plan proposed for 2021 via webinar on Friday, April 24, 2020. Staff presented the results of the previous year’s RD&D program and obtained input regarding its intended spending for the following calendar year.

Webinar Details

Friday, 4/24/2020
9:30 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.



For questions regarding the workshop, please contact: [email protected]

To download the 2019 RD&D Annual Report, please click here.

To download the 2020 RD&D Workshop Submitted Comments, please click here


Technology Innovation Series

The Technology Innovation video series explores the ways RD&D works directly with customers and manufacturers to test products in real world applications, measure results, determine and address potential problems and commercialize the final technology for wider market applications.