GHGSat doubles its capacity to monitor methane emissions with three new optical sensors built by ABB

GHGSat doubles its capacity to monitor methane emissions with three new optical sensors built by ABB

Press release From: GHGSat
Posted: Thursday May 26th 2022

Canadian company GHGSat, which specializes in high-resolution GHG monitoring from space, launches three new ABB-built optical sensors into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, thus doubling the capacity for monitoring methane emissions.

Using ABB’s technology, the GHGSat team is able to locate and accurately measure methane emissions from any industrial site on earth. The launch of three new high-resolution methane sensors built by ABB doubles the company’s ability to monitor customer sites. In addition to the three units being launched – Luca, Penny and Diako – six additional units are being manufactured at ABB.

Space is the only place to freely monitor emissions in all jurisdictions and report on improvements or otherwise. Measuring different sites with the same sensor ensures that emissions are compared consistently. Spatial measurements are also particularly useful for sites where ground-based sensors are not economically viable or too complex to deploy.

GHGSat announced the initial constellation contract with ABB in October 2020, with first deliveries beginning in 2021. The launch of three additional units strengthens GHGSat’s lead in orbit, operating the world’s largest constellation dedicated to monitoring radio emissions. GES.

According to the International Energy Agency, methane has been responsible for about 30% of the increase in global temperatures since the industrial revolution, and rapid and sustained reductions in methane emissions are essential to limit global warming in the short term. term and improve air quality.[1].

“Satellite data is essential for stakeholders around the world to take immediate action for a sustainable future. The first full year of commercial operation of the GHGSat satellites has confirmed the impact our technology can have. We are delighted to double our capacity and accelerate the change needed to make a difference for our planet,” said Stéphane Germain, CEO of GHGSat.

“This is an exciting step for our team, as we see the effectiveness of applying our mass production know-how to the manufacture of space sensors which in the past were primarily ad hoc contracts. Our partnership with GHGSat has led to a paradigm shift in the industrial space sector. Not only does this set new standards in our rapidly growing private sector space offering, but it also allows us to expand our expertise and solutions offering,” said Marc Corriveau, Managing Director of ‘ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada.

For more than two decades, with its participation in the Canadian SCISAT mission and the Japanese GOSAT satellite program, ABB has been at the forefront of detecting greenhouse gases from space. ABB optical equipment already in space has over 100 years of reliable operation. Since 2003, the SCISAT sensor has been tracking subtle, long-term compositional changes in Earth’s atmosphere down to parts per trillion of more than 70 molecules and pollutants. Weather agencies around the world base their forecasts on ABB equipment aboard US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellites (NPP and JPSS), which improves the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts weather for up to seven days, helping to save lives through early warning evacuations.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company driving the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive and sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB is pushing the boundaries of technology to take performance to new levels. With a history of excellence dating back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by approximately 105,000 talented employees in more than 100 countries.

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of end-to-end products, systems and solutions, including our number 1 distributed control system, lifecycle software and services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analysis, marine and turbocharged offers. . As the world’s No. 2 in the market, we leverage our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are committed to helping our customers increase their competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart and sustainable operations.

GHGSat is a leader in high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, providing actionable emissions data to businesses, governments and regulators around the world. Using proprietary remote sensing capabilities and patented technology, GHGSat can monitor individual facilities, providing greater data accuracy and facilitating timely strategic decision-making.

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