TO BATTLE FUGITIVE EMISSIONS ON SITE
Emission and leak-detection is a high-profile robotic application as environmental concerns gain traction in the oil & gas industry. For example, methane is the main component of natural gas, a cheap, abundant, and versatile source of energy that produces less carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels when burned. However, methane itself is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Methane is believed to be responsible for a quarter of all global warming. Methane leaks from wells, pipelines, or processing equipment can substantially increase the greenhouse gas emissions of the natural gas sector, while also wasting resources as methane escapes into the atmosphere. About 25% of methane emissions come from the oil & gas industry. In the United States, fugitive emissions from the oil and gas industry total an estimated 13 million metric tons per year, amounting to $2 billion in lost revenue; globally, the value of leaking gas is $30 billion. However, a great proportion of these emissions currently goes unreported, meaning the scale of the problem could be bigger than thought. The European Commission is working on a first-ever methane strategy that could play a “very significant role” in enabling the EU to increase its climate ambitions for 2030, EU officials have said.”
The emissions detector is kept permanently on location on its docking station which continuously charges its batteries. It operates with no human intervention. It typically performs daily autonomous missions during which it follows orange lines around pre-planned routes. Its range of gas detectors send an alarm to the control room if gas is detected at a ppm level. It’s a vital tool in the battle to reduce fugitive emissions of methane, benzene and other gases.