U of C researchers to create methane detection calibration station

To reduce methane emissions, the first step is knowing how much methane is actually being released. Researchers from the University of Calgary are developing technologies to detect and monitor methane emissions, in addition to test and calibrate methane detectors.

At a site near Brooks, researchers from the Containment and Monitoring Institute are modelling methane emissions from equipment found at oil and gas sites. The Containment and Monitoring Institute is a partnership between the University of Calgary and CMC Research Institute.   

Effective detection is necessary to determine who much methane actually leaks from sites.

“In the past it’s just been, ‘Yes this area is leaking, it looks like a big leak but we don’t know how much,’” said Don Lawton, the director of the Containment and Monitoring Institute and professor at the University of Calgary.

“Qualitative measurements have been around for a while, but you can’t use forward-looking infrared cameras to accurately quantify emission rates. Now we’re looking to establish methods for quantitatively identifying emission sources and their rates in terms of cubic metres a day to achieve the new policy goals of reducing methane emissions.”

Read more about this research initiative from the University of Calgary

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Jeff Wiehler