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Chip Minty writes in the Sooner Magazine about a University of Oklahoma initiative to reduce methane emissions.

The C3 Take
  • Binbin Weng and an interdisciplinary team at the University of Oklahoma are developing revolutionary methane sensing technology to help oil and gas companies quickly detect and address methane leaks.
  • Their system will use a network of ground-based sensors and drones to continuously monitor large production areas, benefiting the environment by reducing emissions and companies economically by preventing product losses.
  • The $8.5 million project, funded by federal and corporate sources, aims to create training opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM fields while positioning Oklahoma as a leader in methane monitoring technologies.

“Weng says the most prominent method of monitoring has been the use of infrared cameras operated by technicians on the ground or from the air. But that is time-consuming, labor-intensive and inefficient. Because there are so many production sites, there is no way to monitor all of them in a timely way. Major leaks can continue for days, weeks or months without detection.”

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