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Visualisation of gas for utilities and the environment (VOGUE)

Objective

Direct imaging of natural gas leaks is the aim of this proposal. A portable imaging system will offer safety, environmental & economic benefits to the gas industry in locating leak sources, from both high & low-pressure mains, compared with currently available point measurement instrumentation. Our route towards this ambitious goal has three synergistic stages :
- (a) Passive IR imaging will be used to shoot videos of gas leaks in controlled conditions. This will improve our understanding of leak behaviour & will be supported by numerical models, enabling better instrument design & working practices.
(b) A remote laser pointer will be developed using novel DFB laser diodes to measure the spectral absorption of methane in the laser beam.
(c) Solid-state scanning & image processing will be examined in order to convert the pointer to an imaging system. Prototype instruments will be field tested in real-world conditions & with controlled leaks.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ADVANTICA LIMITED
Address
1-3 Strand
WC2N 5EH London
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

AOS TECHNOLOGY LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
46,Pate Road 46
LE13 0RG Melton Mowbray
ELECTRABEL S.A.
Belgium
Address
Regentlaan 8
1000 Bruxelles
ITALGAS - SOCIETA ITALIANA PER IL GAS
Italy
Address
Largo Regio Parco 11
10152 Torino (Turin)
SEMELAB PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Coventry Road
Lutterworth
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 Muenchen
SVENSKT GASTEKNISKT CENTER AB
Sweden
Address
Nobelvaegen 66
205 09 Malmoe
UNIVERSITY OF GAEVLE
Sweden
Address
Kungsbaecksvaegen 47
801 76 Gaevle
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow