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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

Recent Testing Reveals New Handheld Laser Methane Detectors Perform Well Across Many Scenarios

September 2020

Learn about the results in the final report, Evaluation of Handheld Laser Methane Detection Technologies, issued in September 2020. The research was performed by GTI with funding support from OTD.

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