Oil and gas developments emit stray gases to the atmosphere from a multitude of infrastructural sources. We took on a huge project in 2015 to map these leak sources. New technology lets us do it faster. Our data and measurement solutions are intended to help operators and policymakers achieve new methane reduction targets.
Canada is rolling ahead with new energy-sector methane emission reduction policy! The majority of emissions are thought to originate from a small number of high-volume vents or leaks. How can we detect these very large plumes efficiently, and from far away? We are working with vehicle-, drone-, and satellite-based techniques…scroll down to see!
RECENT ENERGY SECTOR PROJECTS
Along with Lisa Kellman’s adjacent Environmental Sciences Lab, we have a fully capable gas lab with capabilities for common gas analyses (two chromatographs and various optical instruments), stable isotopes (Isoprime IRMS), and multiple Picarro and Los Gatos spectrometers.
Lab sensor test facilities include environmental chamber (-70 to +200 degrees), an 8-port 3 MFC gas blender, and multiple benchmarking and process control instruments. Our outdoor test beds include wet, lowland, and arctic-alpine type environments within 4 hour drive from campus. These locations cover a wide range of test conditions from -25 to +35 degrees, gentle or high winds (>100 km/h common), deep snow (>2 m).