Private Company Plans to Launch More Greenhouse Gas-Detecting Satellites

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A Montreal-based company that has pioneered the use of a small privately owned satellite to spot methane leaks plans to launch more of the microwave-sized greenhouse gas detectors into space.

The company, called GHGSat, has raised $10 million in new funds that it will use to build two more satellites, improved versions of its earliest model, called Claire, which has been orbiting since 2016. It has monitored man-made emissions from over 2,000 sites around the world (Climatewire, March 9).

“They will have an order of magnitude of better performance,” predicted Stéphane Germain, president of GHGSat. The space-based sensors, though, will still be about the same size and shape as Claire.

The company’s targeted market includes oil and gas companies, which can use satellite reports to monitor leaks from refineries, wellheads and lengthy pipeline systems. Currently, GHGSat has contracts with three oil companies—Suncor Energy, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Imperial Oil Ltd.—and has received financial backing from Schlumberger Ltd., a global oil field services company.

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This article and its images were originally posted on [Scientific American Content] September 26, 2018 at 12:00PM. Credit to the original author and Scientific American Content | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

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