Validation of Remote Sensing Natural Gas Leak Detection
Prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety—GTI Project Number 22690 Final Report January 2022
The recent and rapid development of new remote sensing-based methane leak detection technologies has prompted a need to properly evaluate and validate those technologies. The new technologies are full systems of advanced sensors that contain not only highly sensitive methane analyzers but also a suite of other instruments and algorithms required to remotely locate leaks. Traditional evaluations/validations have tended to focus on the methane sensor portion of the system instead of the full system. In this project, we developed and tested a method for evaluation of full drone-based methane detection remote sensing systems, with a focus on natural gas transmission pipelines in hard to access areas
METHANE EMISSION CALCULATOR
This calculator can be used to estimate total annual methane emissions from your company.
CMR Fostering Collaborations to Create Equivalency in Testing Methods
The CMR is working collaboratively with the Residential/Commercial Buildings group at GTI and a group at Stanford University to develop equivalency testing to be able to properly measure methane emissions from residential natural gas storage water heaters and tankless water heaters, both in the lab and real-world scenarios. Emissions from these components are not currently accounted for in existing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Inventory calculations.