California opens academic center on renewable natural gas

A new California academic center is studying renewable natural gas, Kallanish Energy reports.

The University of California, Riverside, and Southern California Gas on Wednesday announced the opening of the Center for Renewable Natural Gas. It is the first academic center in the U.S. dedicated to the study of, and applied research in renewable gas technologies.

It was funded in part by SoCalGas with a matching donation from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. It is part of UC Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research & Technology.

Natural gas can be made from renewable sources, and the center will focus on improving technologies and removing barriers to boost renewable gas use.

“Renewable gas can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gases and meeting California’s renewable energy goals,” said SoCalGas spokeswoman Lisa Alexander, in a statement.

Center director Arun Raju said renewable natural gas “is an important alternative fuel that can help utilize local renewable resources and eliminate waste disposal problems.”