International Methane Measurement Conference
The Industrial Methane Measurement (IMM) Conference (22nd and 23rd May) will address the current concern with growing emissions of this important Greenhouse Gas (GHG). IMM will run alongside the PEFTEC event in Rotterdam, with delegates from both events sharing the ability to peruse the PEFTEC exhibition, which will provide an opportunity to see the latest technologies for monitoring methane in fugitive, vented and partially combusted emissions from the world’s leading test and measurement equipment manufacturers.
Methane is an important GHG, absorbing significantly more energy than carbon dioxide for example, so it performs a major role in global warming. However, methane is less persistent in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, so methane reduction efforts are likely to have a faster effect.
Atmospheric methane concentrations rose during the decade from 2006 to 2016 following a previous decade of near-constant concentrations, so there is major concern about the sources of this increase and also with the monitoring methods. The methane measurement conference was therefore created to provide an opportunity for experts from around the world to share their experiences in the detection, monitoring and mitigation/prevention of methane emissions.
The conference themes were developed by the event’s scientific committee which includes internationally respected academics and researchers from NPL (UK), Environmental Defense Fund (USA), Royal Holloway University of London, Utrecht University (Netherlands), DBFZ (Germany), Sigma Space Corporation (USA) and TOTAL (France).
A keynote session will be delivered by Stéphan Plisson-Sauné from OGCI (oil and gas climate initiative), and a further keynote will be delivered by a speaker from EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) on ‘MethaneSAT: mapping global oil and gas methane emissions to accelerate mitigation’.
The first session of the conference will cover current understanding, regulation and policy, and this will be followed by presentations on current capabilities and case studies, including methane emissions from biogas plants.
The first session on day two is titled: ‘Demonstration & Validation of Technologies’ and will include a range of talks; from the validation of controlled release studies, to the demonstration of portable cavity ring-down spectrometers. The final session will focus on emerging technologies for methane monitoring, and will include methane monitoring using drones, quantifying methane emissions using satellite observations and multiple talks on the progress of quantitative optical gas imaging.