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Optical Gas Imaging technology for Gas Detection

Technology Overview

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) consist on an IR camera spectrally adapted at specific gas absorption wavelengths. OGI technology is used by the industries for remote detection and location of gas leaks on their processes, and then reduce Green House Gas emissions for the case of environmental approach as well as reduce risk associated to toxic or explosive gases for the case of safety approach.OGI technology is currently used in sporadic Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) campaigns in the oil & gas industry, also in the chemical sector.

The company’s main innovation for this technology is the use of uncooled sensor that allow the cost reduction in components. Also, this uncooled technology has other benefits such as improved SWaP factor, lower maintenance cost and the reliability for 24/7 operation.

Technology Features & Specifications

The technology is presented in two main applications:

LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) technology: Optical Gas Imaging system consist of an infrared camera that presents the following features:

  • Allows to performance LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) surveys and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Method 21 (Determination of Volatile Organic Compound Leaks) simultaneously.
  • Sensing CH4, C3H8, CO2, C2H6, SO2, SF6, VOCs…
  • Ready for Industry 4.0: It provides automatic on-field leak reporting.
  • Data acquisition from camera
  • The camera is customized depending on the gases to be detected.
  • Data communications (Bluetooth and Wifi)
  • Interchangeable lenses on demand
  • Rugged system
  • Hand-held use
  • Tripod/handle for static and in-motion inspection
  • Automatic on-field leak reporting
  • Metadata linked to the survey for easy leaks tracking

 

Gas Sniffer: The gas sniffer measures the concentration of gases and sends automatically data via Bluetooth. A user friendly application, installed on a mobile phone or tablet, provides expanded in-field capabilities: gathering measurements, GPS location, photos and audios to generate reports at the moment. The sniffer presents the following functionalities:

  • Sensing CH4, C3H8, CO2, C2H6
  • Extremely accurate NDIR (Non dispersive Infrared Sensor) technology.
  • Easy one person operation.
  • LEDs bar and acoustic signal to indicate the gas percentage detected.

 

OGI system for Smart Monitoring 24/7. Multifunctional fixed camera for large areas monitoring. The OGI system monitors unattended facilities, increasing operation efficiency, safety and security.

  • Automatic Gas detection
  • Flare height monitoring
  • Automatic fire alarm
  • Intelligent thermography
  • Trespassing surveillance

Potential Applications

The company is offering a technology that can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, improve safety, increase efficiency and make detection and repair processes easier. All, at a lower cost than existing alternatives.

Market Trends and Opportunities

The proposed products contain all the keys to disrupt a worldwide technological reference in the leak detection market for Oil&Gas (one of the most dynamic domains of O&G industry), valued at $2.10 Billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $3.38 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.9% between 2016 and 2022.

Another relevant markets are:

  • Sulfuric acid & metalmaking plants
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Natural Gas Stations and surveyors

Customer Benefits

Infrared imaging cameras have long been viewed as a promising tool to enable the industries to keep pace with the demanding requirements on Maintenance and Safety, as currently used state-of-the-art equipment is complex, expensive and heavy. The developed technology has overcome these major shortcomings that limit market acceptance of the technology. The company’s cost-effective OGI can be integrated into a regular maintenance and operation plan to mitigate fugitive gas emissions and contribute to a more secure, clean and efficient industrial production chain.

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