SoCalGas focuses on direct air capture technology to cut emissions


A new technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, while simultaneously collecting water that can then be reused for irrigation, is being further developed by Southern California Gas (SoCalGas).

Called Isothermal Water Vapor and CO2 Capture (IWVC), the technology is believed to drastically help cut carbon emissions – and SoCalGas’ vital tests will provide key insight into efficiency, operating costs and ultimately determining the cost-effectiveness of its deployment at scale.

Such effort is off the back of SolCalGas’ new economy-wide technical analysis last month, which revealed that carbon management tools, like direct air capture when combined with electrification and clean fuels deliver a proven path to full carbon neutrality.

The IWVC technology was conceived at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and is being commercialized by Los Angeles-based start-up Avnos.

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