Bluefield Technologies, Inc.
16:30 - 17:00
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
T2.2 High Precision Methane Leak Detection via Microsatellites
Natural gas is an efficient energy source: abundant, cheap and clean. However, natural gas operations are prone to methane leaks. The accurate measurement of these emissions from oil & gas infrastructure is a challenging but urgent task to address immediate operational needs and mitigate climate change. Methane leaks threaten safety and create financial liabilities for oil & gas companies that are scrutinized by banks, which fund its projects. Today, these companies are already spending more than $6 billion a year monitoring methane emissions. However, current monitoring solutions by trucks, drones, and airplanes are cost-prohibitive to deploy at scale, logistically complex and prone to errors.
Bluefield provides a cost-effective and scalable solution to monitor methane emissions by deploying a constellation of high precision methane-tracking microsatellites. This solution starts with an advanced implementation of a spectrally filtered optical gas sensing technique, which already has space heritage from several successful NASA missions carried in the past three decades. Hosted on backpack-sized microsatellites, the sensors detect over 90% of methane emissions in a sector and pinpoint the location of the leak’s source within 20 meters. The optically rich data captured is further enhanced by a proprietary machine vision algorithm, enabling the automatic extraction of minute signals even against a high noise level. This combination creates an accurate differential image of methane column perturbation in near-real time. Utilizing this technology enables emitters around the world to effectively reduce their emissions and costs, while lessening the impacts of climate change.
The technical theme of this abstract falls under Midstream - Managing Methane Emissions.