PEFTEC 2017 - Abstract

Abstract Title: Development and application of a Controlled Release Facility (CRF) to validate methane emission detection and measurement methodologies.
Abstract Type: Poster
Presenter Name: Mr Jonathan Helmore
Co-authors:Mr Rod Robinson
Company/Organisation: National Physical Laboratory
Session Choice: Quality assurance and validation

Abstract Information :

The National Physical Laboratory, the UK's National Measurement Institute, has developed a novel mobile facility capable of replicating the methane emission flux characteristics of a variety of real-word scenarios, as may be found in small to medium scale industrial processes. The Controlled Release Facility (CRF) can be used to challenge conventional detection or quantification techniques, as well as validate instruments in development, at a range of emission scales, and in customisable spatial arrangements. The CRF method will be described, and the results of two case studies discussed: The replication of an operational on-shore shale gas well using emissions of natural gas to atmosphere and measurements using Differential Absorption LIDAR (DIAL); and the replication of component and small process scale leaks to challenge optical gas imaging camera technology.