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IoT for improving chemical plants and natural gas infrastructure
Leaks occurring in chemical plants or natural gas infrastructure pose a serious safety risk as evidenced by numerous fatalities each year. These incidents also cost the operators dearly in terms of damage to their finances and image as well as the environment. Because of the lack of suitable gas detection equipment, it is difficult to provide hard data regarding the actual global damage but current research estimates the loss at at least 30 billion USD per year.
The main reason for hidden or unknown gas leaks is the lack of a suitable gas detection technology that can provide reliable data at an acceptable overall cost. Today companies still have to send out personnel to check crucial points of a chemical plant or pipeline using bulky, expensive equipment.
The project intends to prove the feasibility of using low-cost, reliable methane gas sensor nodes to monitor industrial sites by using WoePal’s wireless sensor network technologies. Based on the network data a 3D mapping of gas concentrations and leakage localization shall become possible. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating a low-cost, reliable sensor node by WoePal GmbH while maintaining at least equal performance as compared to currently used bulky equipment, which costs at least 1000 € but generally considerably more. Via wide-area distribution of the sensor nodes temporarily and spatially resolved monitoring of the gas concentration shall be achieved. The integration of IoT technologies including big data analysis, industrial process involving methane may be comprehensively monitored for the first time. Using IoT technologies will allow to detect and localize gas leaks from chemical plants and natural gas infrastructure, assess the performance of currently deployed gas infrastructure equipment and use big data to detect weak spots, which may in turn be used to quickly develop next generation products featuring improved performance at lower cost. As such IoT4gas will enable innovative business models and prove the economic feasibility of using IoT in the chemical plant/natural gas sector.
Figure 1: Using WoePal’s low-cost, yet reliable gas sensing technology in combination with wide area networks a comprehensive monitoring of industrial sites becomes feasible.
(IoT4industry funding): 37 000 €
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Vertical sector addressed
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Industrial application addressed
- Monitoring & control
- Safety & security
- IoT & wearables