Gas Leak Detection Solution for Utilities Introduced by ABB

By Ralph Rio

Company and Product News

ABB’s new portable MicroGuard complements ABB’s MobileGuard, the vehicle-based gas leak detection system currently used by many utilities globally.  Combined, they provide a unique solution for an entire natural gas infrastructure.  MicroGuard can be used as a stand-alone device but becomes even more effective when reading the maps generated by MobileGuard to enable surveyors to quickly find leaks on foot, generally within minutes.

The hardware is selectively sensitive to natural gas, continuously measuring methane and ethane, wind velocity and local coordinates.  Proprietary software incorporates these measurements into detailed fluid dynamics calculations, virtually eliminating false positives and reducing search areas to provide surveyors with the data they need to reliably and quickly locate leaks.  The solutions can generate and share digital reports in real-time on a user-controlled and secure Cloud server and, most importantly, continuously maintain rigorous cybersecurity protocols.  The field data and reports generated allow crews to intelligently prioritize resources and repairs.

Compliance with relevant regulations becomes easier because data is digitally available, immediately.

MobileGuard can be used in vehicles driven at speeds of up to 55mph (88 km/h).  MicroGuard will read maps generated by MobileGuard which enables surveyors to leave their vehicle and search on foot to quickly pinpoint leak locations precisely – four times faster than conventional technology.

The ABB patented technology has also been developed for ABB’s HoverGuard that can be mounted on an aircraft or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to survey locations that are inaccessible by vehicles or technicians, and ABB’s EverGuard for fixed locations, which can continuously monitor high-risk areas in well pads, gathering lines, pipelines, factories, distribution stations and storage facilities.

Altogether, the complete ABB Gas Leak Detection Platform makes it possible to find leaks throughout the entire natural gas infrastructure – upstream, midstream, downstream, and from utilities – with far higher reliability and speed than ever before by combining leading-edge, cybersecure measurement technology, with advanced data analytics.

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