CALGARY, AB (September 22, 2022) Qube Technologies has been selected to participate in NGIF’s Emissions Testing Centre (ETC) program, a division of NGIF Capital Corporation, to validate and demonstrate their fixed sensor, continuous emissions monitoring technology.
The NGIF Emissions Testing Centre operates a four-stage program where selected startups and their projects are evaluated for eligibility (stage 1); undergo simulation testing in a controlled laboratory environment hosted by the University of Calgary (stage 2); undergo testing in a live industrial gas plant operations site hosted by Tourmaline Oil/Perpetual Energy West Wolf Lake Gas Plant (stage 3); and are provided with a data/outcome report and validation to accelerate their commercialization (stage 4.) This plug-and-play testing program for cleantech startups supports the development and testing of clean technologies to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry.
Calgary-based Qube Technologies is a leading provider of environmental surveillance technology, focused on low-cost, continuous monitoring of GHG emissions. Unlike traditional, intermittent technologies that only detect leaks after several months of occurrence, Qube’s solution achieves greater emissions reductions by detecting leaks in real-time, 365 days a year.
Specifically, the NGIF ETC host site at the West Wolf Lake plant operated by Tourmaline is providing Qube with a field environment to test their solution under different environmental and operating conditions while gathering data to determine the limitations of the device and to enable machine learning model training and verification. The field data will also help to advance the development of improved emissions localization and quantification algorithms.
Image: Qube’s Axon emissions monitoring device.
“I am excited to see cleantech startup Qube’s continues monitoring field demonstration as the solution offers a low-cost cleantech alternative for companies to meet the regulatory requirements of Leak Detection and Repair against traditional Optical Gas Imaging methods,” said John Adams, President and CEO of NGIF Capital Corporation and Managing Partner of NGIF Cleantech Ventures. “The goal of the NGIF ETC is to provide a program for cleantech startups to demonstrate their solutions in a controlled laboratory site and on a live industrial site so that we can measure real results for industry validation and customer creation.”
Image: Qube’s Axon continuous monitoring device tracks methane emissions at an oil and gas test facility in southern Alberta.
“The NGIF Emissions Testing Center provides a great opportunity for companies like Qube to validate modern solutions for emissions detection, quantification and reduction,” said Alex MacGregor, CEO of Qube Technologies. “Cross-industry collaboration such as this is fundamental as we all work together to reach global methane emissions reduction goals.”
“It is great to see the NGIF ETC supporting Qube Technologies’ Axon solution. When we created the NGIF ETC, it was our vision to provide an avenue for Canada’s natural gas industry to assess cleantech solutions, access data and inform efforts around emissions management. I am glad to see our vision in action,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association and Chair, NGIF Capital Corporation, which operates the NGIF Emissions Testing Centre.
About NGIF Emissions Testing Centre
The NGIF ETC is a $27-million industry-led emissions testing program for multiple startups to validate their solutions in a collaborative and live gas operations environment. NGIF Emissions Testing Centre includes the host site of Tourmaline Oil and Perpetual Energy at their West Wolf Lake Gas Process Plant, instrumented for live testing. It also includes University of Calgary Research Centre laboratories, instrumented for both simulation testing and a data hub to store benchmarking results. The NGIF Emissions Testing Centre will see emissions detection, quantification, and reductions through multiple tech startup validation, while also creating benchmarking data and a research talent pool for the natural gas industry. The NGIF Emissions Testing Centre is operated by NGIF Capital Corporation.
About NGIF Capital Corporation
NGIF Capital Corporation is a Canadian venture capital (VC) firm offering grant and equity financing for startups that deliver solutions to the environmental and other challenges facing the natural gas sector. NGIF Capital Corporation is unique in how it brings Canada’s energy industry leadership to every investment. Like other VCs, it takes new companies and their ideas from concept to commercialization. Unlike other VCs, NGIF Capital Corporation has strong connections to every part of the gas value chain, from production through to end-use, offering it a means to test, develop, and accelerate the commercial implementation of innovative gas technology wherever it fits in the sector. The model benefits consumers, investors, and Canadian society as a whole. NGIF Capital Corporation operates NGIF Industry Grants (the original Natural Gas Innovation Fund), the NGIF Emissions Testing Centre, and NGIF Cleantech Ventures. NGIF Capital Corporation is wholly owned by CGA Enterprises, a venture of the Canadian Gas Association.
About Qube Technologies
Qube Technologies is a Calgary-based environmental surveillance technology company. Qube’s mission is to help primary industries, such as oil and gas, cost-effectively detect, quantify, and reduce methane and other emissions. Qube is currently working with leading operators throughout the world and has support from a wide range of investors and government bodies. Learn more at www.qubeiot.com.
The 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. CGA’s utility members are Canadian-owned and active in eight provinces and one territory. CGA members meet 38 per cent of Canada’s energy needs through a network of over 577,000 kilometres of underground infrastructure. The versatility and resiliency of this infrastructure allows it to deliver an ever-changing gas supply mix to over 7.4 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians. CGA members ensure Canadians get the affordable, reliable, clean gaseous energy they want and need. CGA is also working to constantly improve that gaseous energy offering, by driving forward innovation through the Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF).
President and CEO, NGIF Capital Corporation
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