Drone technology applied to methane detection for oil and gas sector
Baker Hughes, a GE company unveiled a host of industry-leading technologies designed to “move energy forward”, including a new digital integrated platform, LUMEN, to provide continuous and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) methane monitoring for oil and gas operators.
The technology was among a range of innovations being demonstrated at the company’s 20th annual meeting in Florence, Italy, which brought together more than 1,000 senior oil and gas leaders and energy ministers from around the world to discuss and debate the latest trends and challenges facing the sector, including tackling the industry’s carbon footprint.
“Methane leak detection is one of the most pressing needs in the oil and gas industry today, and we believe LUMEN is a game-changer for highly-effective methane emission monitoring,” said Diarmaid Mulholland, CEO of BHGE’s Measurement & Sensing business. “Using advanced sensors and industrial software, LUMEN helps operators to protect the environment by detecting harmful methane leaks, and by using advanced data analysis, this technology helps identify and reduce emissions while also increase safety for operators. The applications within oil and gas are just the beginning.”
“In a carbon constrained world, minimizing methane emissions is a critical path issue for the oil and gas industry. No operator can afford to sit still as service companies and others bring ever more innovative methane solutions to market,” said Isabel Mogstad, a methane solutions expert with the Environmental Defense Fund.
LUMEN includes a full-suite of methane monitoring and inspection solutions capable of streaming live data from sensors to a cloud-based software dashboard for real-time results. The platform consists of two seamlessly connected formats – a ground-based solar-powered wireless sensor network, and a drone-based system for over-air monitoring, – ensuring methane emissions are monitored as efficiently and accurately as possible.
Innovative monitoring strategies like LUMEN go beyond meeting safety and regulatory requirements – which remain extremely important – and can also help increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs and minimize pollutants for customers globally.
LUMEN’s ground-based sensor system, LUMEN TERRAIN, is a solar-powered, wireless system that creates a “digital mesh” network around a facility, outdoors and indoors. BHGE can also take LUMEN SKY airborne with an integrated, multi-faceted UAV system using a state of the art, combination of TDLAS and OGI technologies, along with high-definition aerial video streaming for unmatched data visualization.
Using proprietary algorithms and machine learning, data, LUMEN provides methane concentration data (PPM), as well as the location and rate of the leak. The data is available in real-time at the touch of a button via a computer or smartphone, giving operators the ability to make quicker, more reliable decisions for their operations.