SoCalGas has recently begun construction of a first-of-its-kind advanced hydrogen generation system at SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms in California. The project, called H2 SilverSTARS, will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas and help fuel SunLine’s fleet of 17 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. At scale, this demonstration project could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate California’s climate and clean air goals by providing clean hydrogen at any location adjacent to a natural gas pipeline. The demonstration will test STARS’ technology, which was developed at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. The technology uses a combustion free process, so that it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to a conventional steam methane reforming process. Since the compact system is based on low-cost 12x1-inch, 3D-printed reactor disks and heat exchangers, it can be easily installed at fueling stations to help meet the demand while advancing climate and clean air goals. After its installation, the first STARS system will produce up to 80 kilograms of clean hydrogen a day, that’s enough to fuel three of SunLine’s zero-emission buses per day.