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The GF320 series of optical gas imaging cameras from FLIR Systems is being used to identify leaks and unexpectedly high discharges of methane resulting from fracking operations to extract gaseous hydrocarbons from shale and coal deposits.

Studies in the US and Europe have found that the largest releases of methane can potentially arise during hydraulic fracturing, in production trials and arising from venting and leaks during the completion phase and early production.

As emissions from intensive fracking operations can have a significant impact on emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases, environmental agencies are looking to develop methods for estimation of emissions and regular emissions monitoring from these unconventional gas installations. One monitoring technique generating widespread interest is the use of infrared thermal-imaging cameras for optical gas imaging.

FLIR Systems’ GF320 is an infrared camera for optical gas imaging that visualises and pinpoints leaks of hydrocarbons and other volatile organic compounds, without the need to shut down the fracking operation. The portable camera also improves operator safety by detecting emissions at a safe distance and helping to protect the environment by tracing leaks of these environmentally harmful gases.

Optical gas imaging using a FLIR GF320 camera offers the fracking industry a monitoring tool to help reduce emissions, thereby enabling operator-owners to confirm to strengthening environmental emission regulations and save money as part of a much more efficient process.

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FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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