Optical NIR Fixed-Position Passive Scanner for Methane Detection and Measurement

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Houston, Texas
Project Term:
06/21/2021 - 12/20/2022

Technology Description:

Blue Sky Measurements will develop a near-infrared passive scanner using sunlight to detect and measure methane emissions at an oil or gas production well pad or drilling site. The proposed system will provide continuous daily measurements for less than the annualized cost of currently mandated twice-a-year surveys. This fixed-position sensor system will enable operators to continuously monitor their operations for fugitive emissions and enable owners to take corrective action when a leak occurs, minimizing the time between when a leak develops and when it is fixed. This enabling technology promises to help the oil and gas industry achieve the aggressive EPA-targeted 45% reduction in related methane emissions by 2025, a value equivalent to the emissions from one-third of coal-fired power plants.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Robert Ledoux
Project Contact:
Dr. John Lievois
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