LSI VALIDATES ITS GASRECON SYSTEM FOR RAPID METHANE LEAK DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION THROUGH THE NGIF EMISSIONS TESTING CENTRE PROGRAM

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LSI VALIDATES ITS GASRECON SYSTEM FOR RAPID METHANE LEAK DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION THROUGH THE NGIF EMISSIONS TESTING CENTRE PROGRAM


February 6, 2024

CALGARY, AB (February 06, 2024): LiDAR Services International Inc. (LSI) successfully demonstrated and field-validated its thermal infrared hyperspectral imaging system (GasRecon) to rapidly identify and quantify methane gas leaks from a variety of sources.

LSI GasRecon enables fast detection of methane emission sources over a wide range of emissions using a hyperspectral imaging system mounted on a survey aircraft. GasRecon is designed for various manned and unmanned aerial emissions monitoring platforms.

LSI, a Calgary-based company, has provided aerial sensing and data collection services to various industries for over 20 years. The firm created GasRecon using technology from TELOPS, a Quebec-based company.

LSI conducted two comprehensive surveys over the West Wolf Lake Gas Plant (jointly owned by Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Perpetual Energy) as well as selected well sites at Tourmaline Oil Corp. in November 2021 and April 2022. The surveys demonstrated the effective operation of the GasRecon tool under winter and snow conditions, helicopter platforms, and a range of temperatures. These tests were built on previous field testing in Europe and Western Canada.


The Thermal Hyperspectral Imaging Camera Used in LSI’s GasRecon System

Image: The Thermal Hyperspectral Imaging Camera Used in LSI’s GasRecon System


The NGIF Emissions Testing Centre program is a plug-and-play testing platform for cleantech startups to access without a user fee to validate their solutions in both a simulation and live testing environment.

“Together with our partners, Perpetual Energy, Tourmaline Oil, Natural Resources Canada, and the University of Calgary, we have created an unprecedented opportunity with this program for substantial reductions in methane emissions,” said John Adams, President and CEO of NGIF Accelerator. “LSI was able to leverage our program to create results that can be shared with future customers and potential investors.”

“What LSI found most valuable from the NGIF Emissions Testing Centre Program was our ability to work directly with the Tourmaline Oil field testing team and to have access to both a controlled release and live operating environment to continuously improve our product,” said Travis Robertson, CEO of LiDAR Service International Inc.

“Canadians want and need the affordable, reliable, clean energy service offering they have come to expect from the natural gas industry. When we created NGIF, our vision was to bring the entire natural gas value chain together to support cleantech development that enhances environmental and economic performance for the sector. I am glad to see our vision in action as its Accelerator program continues to support technologies like LSI,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association, and Chair, NGIF Capital Corporation.

The public-facing reports about GasRecon are accessible via www.cerinprojects.ca. The website houses all the reports of technology testing through the Emissions Testing Centre program and is maintained by the CERIN program.


About NGIF Emissions Testing Centre Program
The ETC Program is a collaborative industry, government, and academia initiative headed by the NGIF Accelerator, providing startups with a dedicated space to develop, test, and field-validate technologies to measure, monitor, and reduce methane emissions. The program is unique by providing technology innovators with free-to-test access to support a rapid scale-up of technologies from concept to commercial-ready deployment. The ETC lab at the University of Calgary provides capabilities to test and de-risk technologies in a controlled environment, complemented by live field trials at the West Wolf Lake Gas Plant (jointly owned by Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Perpetual Energy) along with other Tourmaline assets.

About NGIF Accelerator
NGIF Accelerator is the not-for-profit arm of NGIF Capital and operates all technology and innovation programs. The NGIF Accelerator mandate is to de-risk and accelerate technology development by supporting startups through their pilot projects, field trials, and industry validation. It will coordinate with federal and provincial governments to co-fund projects to advance market commercialization. NGIF Accelerator currently operates the Industry Grants program and the Emissions Testing Centre program.

About LiDAR Services International Inc.
LiDAR Services International Inc. (LSI) is a Canadianbased airborne LiDAR survey company that has been in the airborne LiDAR business since 2002. LSI performs all aspects of LiDAR field operations, LiDAR, and highresolution digital imagery data collection, data processing, and the final data deliverables. LSI has completed LiDAR projects throughout Canada and the USA, including projects in South America, Central America, Africa, and Asia. LSI’s client base includes many mining companies, engineering companies, oil and gas companies, governments, and electrical utilities.

About Canadian Gas Association
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Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s gaseous energy delivery industry, including natural gas, renewable natural gas (RNG), and hydrogen. CGA membership includes energy distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry.


Fund Information:

John Adams
President and CEO, NGIF Accelerator
President and CEO, NGIF Capital Corporation
(613)-748-0057
[email protected]

Media Information:

Dini Philip
Communications Coordinator, NGIF Capital Corporation
(403)-389-2090
[email protected] 



 

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