Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have received $300,000 in funding to advance an integrated carbon capture and conversion to methanol (ICCCM) process.

The funding will be used to design, fabricate and demonstrate a modular ICCCM prototype for the combined capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol. The unit will be designed for installation at an industrial CO2 source. 

“As we look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of the state’s climate goals, we will need to develop cost-effective technologies that can capture and use CO2 to prevent it from reaching the atmosphere,” said Yuri Freedman, Senior Director of Business Development for SoCalGas.

“The goal of this project is to determine whether ICCM technology can be a cost-effective wat to reduce emissions and it is our hope the results will show that it is.”

In the last three years, SoCalGas has spent more than $10m on the research and development of low or zero carbon technologies, illustrating its commitment in helping California achieve its decarbonisation goals. 

“At PNNL, we specialise in carbon capture and catalysis research and are thrilled to be collaborating with SoCalGas on developing a new and innovative capture and conversion technology and deploying this technology into the field,” said Dr. David Heldebrant, Co-Leader of the Project and PNNL’s Chief Scientist for Separations Materials.

“Our role in this project is to design a continuous catalytic process that can take waste CO2 and repurpose it as a low carbon fuel or chemical feedstock with a large market size, such as a methanol.”

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