TO BATTLE FUGITIVE EMISSIONS ON SITE
Emissions and leak-detection are a high-profile robotic applications, especially as environmental concerns gain traction in the oil & gas industry. For example, methane is the main component of natural gas. Cheap and versatile, but also 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 alone, 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. But since a great proportion of these emissions currently goes unreported, 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.
Our emissions detector robot is kept permanently on location on its docking station, which continuously charges its batteries. It operates with no human intervention and typically performs daily autonomous missions, during which it follows orange lines around pre-planned routes. If gas is detected at ppm level by one of its gas detectors, the robot sends an alarm to the control room. It’s a vital tool in the battle to reduce fugitive emissions of methane, benzene and other gases.
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.