Oklahoma Patent of the Month – January 2021
The environment has been the topic of many debates and there is continuing growing concern. Changes in the environment affects a host of ecosystems, one of them being us, humans. Something that affects everyone is air quality. A big culprit of low air quality is gas emissions. In fact, in the United States, the oil and gas industry is the biggest producer of methane. This and other gas emissions affect our air quality and, as a result, our health. There is a need to monitor these emission levels in the air as well as the air quality itself to ensure companies don’t exceed their daily emission limit and to assess the potential health risks that accompany compromised air. That’s why Air Stations LLC and Elevated Analytics LLC have joined forces to create a multi-point ground emission source sensor system.
While many companies monitor their emissions, the basic plume dispersion analysis does not satisfy all the needs. The analysis assumes many factors that may not always be the same. For instance, it assumes that there is only one point of emission, the rate of emission is constant, and there is a constant wind speed and plume path. These factors cannot be guaranteed on any given day. Seeing a need for improved and increased data, Air Station and Elevated Analytics began their joint venture. Their air quality measurement system takes into account several emission sources by outfitting a number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) with sensors that have the ability to collect various measurements, including relative humidity, temperatures, and concentrations of gasses in the air. The drones also feature a communication transmitter to send the data to another computer for storage and analysis. In order for the drones to be able to withstand high temperatures and chemical environments, the drones are made of high temperature glass-ceramic matrices and inorganic polymers.
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