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Fluid Components International (FCI) has announced its Customer GHG Reporting Fast Track Initiative.

The initiative is in response to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate per 40 CFR part 98, which requires greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting from 1 January, 2010.

‘To help our customers comply with the new EPA GHG reporting mandate, we have dedicated special gas flow meter application resources to assist them,’ said Dan McQueen, president, FCI.

The FCI initiative is a three-prong programme.

A free GHG hotline is available to answer flow meter questions.

The hotline will be answered by FCI’s Flow Meter Applications Group, which includes experts in GHG measurement and stack-gas monitoring.

A GHG reporting web page is now live with FCI’s Aval Gas Flow Meter Sizing Tool, which assists process and plant engineers with proper flow meter selection.

The EPA reporting mandate requires more than 10,000 facilities to report the annual mass flow of greenhouse gases from their operations.

Process and environmental compliance engineers at many industrial plants will be challenged to provide accurate measurement of these gas-flow emissions to ensure proper reporting and compliance.

For many operations, actual GHG measurements are required and for others, actual measurement can provide the best available technology solution that ensures long-term, accurate compliance.

FCI manufactures a line of gas mass flow meter solutions that can help plant managers with their compliance objectives.

FCI’s thermal dispersion technology gas-flow meters are direct mass-flow measuring instruments and most require only a simple, single insertion point into a pipe or stack to install.

Instruments are available for installation in line sizes from 0.25 to more than 100in.

FCI’s flow measurement accuracies of +/-1 per cent reading, +/-0.5 per cent of full scale, exceed the stated acceptable accuracy within the EPA mandate.

Measurements include mass flow rate, totalised flow and temperature with electronic output options for a built-in digital readout, standard 4-20mA analogue outputs and/or digital bus communications such as Hart and Profibus.

Precision calibrations matched to the application, installation conditions and gas composition are a hallmark of FCI flow meters.

The reporting mandate will provide a better understanding of where GHG’s are coming from and will guide development of the best possible policies and programmes to reduce emissions.

The data will also allow businesses to track their own emissions, compare them to similar facilities and provide assistance in identifying cost effective ways to reduce emissions.

FCI gas mass flow meters can provide an accurate, low cost and virtually maintenance-free solution for facilities required to instrument and measure the GHG emissions from their processes to comply with the mandate.

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