Catalytic Dry Reforming of Biogas to High Purity Hydrogen Using Waste Heat


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Catalytic Dry Reforming of Biogas to High Purity Hydrogen Using Waste Heat
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Under grant Agreement PIR-21-005, the California Energy Commission will provide a grant of $1,926,287 to Technology & Investment Solutions, LLC (in conjunction with the University of Southern California) to design, build, test, and demonstrate a technology that produces hydrogen from synthetic natural gas from anaerobic digestion. The technology will advance the development of sustainable organic waste biomass utilization and hydrogen (H2) production technologies. This will be accomplished through the combined use of advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) technology together with a novel catalytic reformer system and purification process to produce affordable low carbon. This agreement will provide cost-efficient low carbon hydrogen supply from reliable local biogas sources, lower costs of hydrogen production, and reduced GHG emissions. Beneficiaries will include the food waste composting operator, investor-owned utility, and users of hydrogen.

Contact Information

Baldomero Lasam
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Mechanical Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Bernardino
Southern California
Cross Streets
Boquina Street
Other Location Info
17900 Sheep Creek Rd

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15303
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15303, “New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures,” covers construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; and installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures. The project includes preparing and installing a pilot technology demonstration constructed on a skid-mount (mobile trailer) less than 200 square feet in size. The skid-mount will sit on disturbed land near the existing food waste composting digester within the existing facility footprint. According to the recipient, the unit(s) are self-contained, with minimal fluids. The system is operated by electricity, and breaks down synthetic natural gas into hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Any odor emissions will be controlled by an odor filter or similar device. Hydrogen gas storage safety protocols will be followed. The Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued a construction permit. Based on these characteristics, the project is exempt under Section 15303.


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