LOOKNorth Portal Login

Remote Sensing innovation and commercialization for responsible, sustainable development of natural resources.

  • Twitter
  • Linked In

Real-Time GHG Monitoring

data aggregation and visualization technology for real-time monitoring of GHG emissions

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a key element of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation strategies.

Captured CO2 can be injected underground for long-term storage, or potentially converted into other useful products; however, successful CCS initiatives first require practicable, transparent CO2 monitoring and reporting.

With support from LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program and industry partners, in 2014 EMSAT Corporation of St. John’s, Newfoundland partnered with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) to develop a pilot CCS monitoring solution in Alberta. This pilot project allowed EMSAT to further develop its platform-independent Environmental Monitoring Software as the data aggregation and visualization component of AITF’s integrated real time greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring solution.  

ABOVE: the EMSAT data solution 

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), in partnership with Canadian sensor technology providers, are developing a prototype sensor cluster to simultaneously monitor GHG emissions and other environmental parameters in the air, soil and water. The initial project proof of concept phase, also supported by LOOKNorth and AITF, was completed in March 2013. During this phase the CCS technology was tested using field data to demonstrate that an integrated sensor cluster may be successfully used to monitor greenhouse gases and other parameters and that the data may be retrieved and viewed on EMSAT's software platform. Phase 2 of the pilot project focused on integration of a more advanced suite of sensors, implementation of surveillance and alerting algorithms and automated report generation.

LEFT: AITF GHG Demonstration Facility, Vegreville AB.

EMSAT’s collaboration with AITF helped develop the EMSAT technology into a more complete and robust monitoring and reporting software platform. In addition, the project provided an excellent validation of the EMSAT solution across multiple environmental monitoring domains.

This East-West partnership of EMSAT, LOOKNorth and AITF to develop an integrated monitoring system specifically adapted to carbon capture and management offers a truly Canadian GHG mitigation solution and helps cement Canada’s international reputation for remote sensing excellence and environmental leadership.