METRON machine learning technology helped digitize and optimize operations and identify opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is announcing the results of a machine learning project that helped an industrial customer achieve $150,000 in annual, recurring energy savings and nearly 1,000 metric tons of annual CO2 reductions, all through an initial setup cost of just $100,000. Thanks to this technology, The Gill Corporation has cut its yearly utility bill by 6 percent, while also reducing CO2 – equivalent to avoiding 112,524 gallons of gasoline consumed annually.
The project, a collaboration with the METRON company, set out to find ways to use machine learning and digitization to help optimize industrial processes for cost and energy savings, along with reducing their emissions. In 2020, SoCalGas and METRON selected The Gill Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high-performance composite materials and products for the aerospace, transportation, and other industries, for deployment of this technology.
"Energy efficiency continues to be one of the most cost-effective ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy reliability now as we continue to develop additional tools to achieve our company's and California's efforts to achieve net zero," said Neil Navin, SoCalGas Chief Clean Fuels Officer. "We're thrilled at the cost savings and CO2 reductions achieved from the METRON project and are eager to find more opportunities for SoCalGas customers to explore this technology."
"We are pleased to have been able to quantify these figures and reduce our organization's carbon footprint and energy costs. It is only the beginning," said Israel Palomino, Senior Mechanical Engineer at The Gill Corporation.
"We are proud of the results delivered for The Gill Corporation with SoCalGas. We are looking forward to rolling out the METRON platform at a wider scale in California to support other SoCalGas industrial customers with energy consumption and carbon reduction through energy efficiency," said Vincent Sciandra, CEO of METRON.
The technology behind METRON used machine learning to determine where in the industrial processes resources were needed or where data was lacking and additional sensors would be required to fill information gaps. The project allowed a fully centralized digitization of The Gill Corporation's operations and identified significant ways to reduce both energy use and carbon emissions.
The METRON project is among dozens of research, development and demonstration projects that SoCalGas is funding to help achieve its aim to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. In 2022 alone, SoCalGas' Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) program invested more than $13 million in hundreds of energy technology and clean fuels projects—from technology that converts carbon dioxide from industrial sources into consumer products to fuel-flexible power generators or innovative hydrogen fuel cell yard trucks for demanding port operations. The program, along with its partners, will be supporting approximately $400 million in decarbonization research through 2025.
More information about SoCalGas' RD&D projects can be found in SoCalGas' recently released RD&D Annual Report.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to over 21 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.
SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy infrastructure company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy infrastructure company based in San Diego.
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