According to NASA, Methane gas traps heat 28 times more effectively than Carbon Dioxide over a 100-year timescale. The trapping of Carbon Dioxide is commonly referred to as the Greenhouse Gas effect – a term that has become universally known as the conversation around climate change, and global warming in particular, has evolved due to the role it plays in the warming of earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
Methane is one of the largest contributing factors of climate change, which is putting many animals and ecosystems at risk. Methane is a naturally occurring gas that is often released in wetlands, livestock, agriculture, and vegetation decomposition. However, in the last 200 years, Methane concentrations have more than doubled due to human activities. The impacts on climate change and global warming have been shown to cause Arctic and Antarctic permafrost to melt, which will release even more Methane – creating a self-perpetuating cycle.
Many governments across the world, both National and State/Provincial, are starting to realize the risks of not monitoring Methane emissions and are putting policies into place to regulate the volume of emissions and set targets to reduce future emissions. In Canada, the Oil and Gas industry has seen the development or amendment of both federal and provincial regulations to guide identification, quantification, and management of emissions. For example, changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the development of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) Directive 60: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting have put industry in a difficult position since safe, reliable, and cost-effective methods for identifying and quantifying emissions and risk have not been traditionally available – until now
One emerging solution to these concerns is drone-integrated methane detection. With the development and implementation of the AER Directive 60 guidelines last year, we recognized the need to provide an easily deployable, cost-effective solution to our clients. As a result, we were one of the first to respond with an aerial solution. As the first company in the world to use the U10 TDLAS Methane Sensor on a drone platform, we are able to quickly scan, identify, and locate potential leak sources – allowing our clients to address emissions concerns more quickly and effectively than ever.