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Laser-based Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

Boreal Laser of Edmonton, Alberta has developed an effective new tool for greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring in the Arctic and other northern or remote environments. Supported by LOOKNorth's Technology Validation Program and industry partner Shell Global Solutions, this nimble and progressive Canadian technology company is conducting a project to demonstrate an innovative laser-based remote sensing (RS) technology for this application.

The project, launched in January 2013, is half-way through its mission to test and advance commercialization of equipment and methodology for quantifying and monitoring GHG emissions from large-area sources in the Arctic and sub‐Arctic, primarily associated with existing oil & gas and oil sands operations and prospective oil & gas developments on the Arctic Ocean Shelf.

“LOOKNorth’s support has allowed us to improve on our already functional GasFinder2, rebuilding it with all-new electronics and optical hardware plus a clever, user-friendly interface,” says Boreal President Dr. Hamish Adam. “GasFinder3 is much better adapted to use in remote field environments. It’s convenient, reliable and easy to use. LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program has helped us achieve a product that is much more attractive to end users.”

Resource developers have been seeking regular, reliable and repeatable GHG monitoring techniques in order to determine baseline concentrations and characterize natural seasonal and weather-induced variations before start‐up and to accurately monitor GHG levels during construction, operations and decommissioning. Boreal Laser and the GasFinder3 offer a convenient and cost-effective system for making such continuous measurements in remote locations.

Above: GasFinder3

Like its predecessor, GasFinder3 measures gas concentration over multiple straight‐line paths and is used by the scientific community for measuring NH3, CH4 and CO2 emissions in research applications and by the global oil & gas industry for safety monitoring of H2S, HF and HCN.  For ultimate portability and unattended operation, the field-deployable GasFinder3 is solar powered and transmits data wirelessly to a distant data acquisition and display computer.