REMEDY using SABRE (Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year using Systems of Advanced Burners for Reduction of Emissions)

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Project Term:
11/01/2022 - 10/31/2025

Technology Description:

The University of Michigan and Southwest Research Institute will use state-of-the-art methods to eliminate methane emissions from oil and gas (O&G) flares, vents, and other equipment. The approach will quantitatively characterize high- and low-volume methane sources at an actual O&G field site and demonstrate Systems of Advanced Burners for Reduction of Emissions (SABRE) technology for high-efficiency (> 99.5%) methane conversion of the high- and low-volume sources of methane. The SABRE approach leverages site resources and customizes flare technology to local equipment needs. The system is based on developing and demonstrating novel burner concepts to meet a range of gas conditions at O&G sites, including high- and low-pressure sources of methane emissions, high and low volumetric flow rates, and changeable wind speeds. The team will create SABRE burner designs using machine learning informed by extensive experimental data and high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics modeling and apply its additive manufacturing expertise for fast prototyping of flare burners.

Potential Impact:

REMEDY addresses methane emissions from domestic oil, gas, and coal value chains, accounting for 78% of U.S. primary energy.


REMEDY systems will reduce the environmental footprint from the production and use of domestic resources.


A key REMEDY process performance metric is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions > 87% on a life cycle basis. This metric ensures proposed solutions provide a holistic environmental benefit. If successful, REMEDY processes have the potential to reduce U.S. methane emissions by at least 60 million tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) per year.


REMEDY goals call for 99.5% methane reduction while meeting a levelized cost less than $40/ton of CO2e.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jack Lewnard
Project Contact:
Prof. Margaret Wooldridge
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