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Sensor óptico para la caracterización de gas natural

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20161019002
Publicado:
19/10/2016
Caducidad:
19/10/2017
Resumen:
Una start-up italiana ha desarrollado un analizador óptico, inteligente e integrado para monitorizar la composición y calidad de gas natural y prevenir daños en equipos, aumentando la seguridad del entorno laboral en la industria de petróleo y gas. El sensor consta de una estructura resistente a los impactos con fuentes de luz para la excitación de gas y una cámara para leer el espectro, una sonda de fibra y un software de análisis inteligente. La empresa busca socios industriales interesados en colaborar en el desarrollo del producto, en la fase de industrialización del sensor y en la explotación de su potencial comercial.

Details

Tittle:
Optical Sensor for gas fuel characterisation
Summary:
An Italian start-up has developed a Smart Optical Integrated Analyser for natural gas for the monitoring of gas composition and quality, in order to prevent damages to the equipment and provide the safety of the working environment in the Oil and Gas industry. The company is looking for an industrial partner available to cooperate in the development of the final product supporting them in the industrialization phase of the sensor and willing to exploit its commercial potential.
Description:
In the Oil-Y-Gas Industry (O-Y-G) the monitoring of gas composition and quality has become a widespread necessity to comply with regulatory requirements, to guarantee the quality of their product output as well as obtain maximum efficiency of the industrial process, prevent damages to their equipment and provide the safety of the working environment.
To integrate real time precise and reliable information on gas composition is essential for the industrial processes of the O-Y-G sector.

Today, to obtain the necessary information the following sensors are installed in several areas of production sites:
· Gas Chromatographers, (for LHV and gas mix)
· Wobbe Index meters; (Wobbe index and specific gravity)
· Flameproof gas analyzers; (dew point)
· Toxic gas detectors (NOX and CO emission)

Such sensors provide unrelated and non harmonized information.

Gas Chromatographers (GC) in particular present relevant limitations in their performances preventing the optimal use of production plants and are considered a problem to install and manage by production plant managers. An Italian start-up operating as an industrial platform to transform optic, photonic and spectroscopic research into marketable products, mainly in the field of biomedical devices, optical sensing equipment and microscopy, has developed a Smart Optical Integrated Analyser for natural gas (SOIA).

SOIA could replace all the sensors mentioned above, providing information in a quicker, more precise and reliable way.
Potential markets for SOIA are Turbines manufacturers and oil and gas extraction and transportation companies which currently use a large number of gas chromatographers.

Regarding turbine manufacturers the company has been in contact with one of the biggest Oil -Y- Gas Company, who declared its interest to adopt SOIA sensor in combination with their AE DLG Turbines, the new generation of aeroderivative turbines used to power O-Y-G plants.

Regarding O-Y-G producers, the company has also been in contact with one of the largest player in the field and they confirm their interest to adopt SOIA sensor in their extraction platforms and transportation pipelines.

The sensor is made of:
· A shock resistant body containing the light sources for the excitation of gas and a sensing camera to read spectra. Spectroscopy is a safe, consolidated and diffused technology applied mostly in the medical field and industrial field for material analysis. Not frequently applied to Gas and especially medium pressure Gas (70-200 bar)
· A fiber Probe: miniaturized fiber bundle combining multi optical functions together permits to send the excitation light and to read back the spectrum through a window of few millimetres in diameter.
· A Smart Analytics and Principal component analysis software. This is a fundamental ingredient of the sensor providing it with the capacity to recognize specific spectrum pattern from a pre-set database.
Advantages and Innovations:
SOIA represents a very promising application with a large commercial potential considering that GAS sensing could be just the first step of a more complex modular smart sensing system capable to fully monitor the O-Y-G environments through optical sensing technologies.

The Italian company is looking for an industrial partner available to cooperate in the development of the final product supporting them in the industrialization phase of the sensor and willing to exploit its commercial potential. The partner should be a medium-large manufacturer of equipment and instruments for the oil and gas industry.
Stage of Development:
Concept stage
IPs:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Medium-large company, suppliers of material and equipment of Oil and Gas Industry, and sensors manufacturers . The partner should cooperate in the development of the final product supporting the start-up in the industrialization phase of the sensor and in the exploitation of its commercial potential.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
French

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
04003001 Combustibles fósiles gaseosos
04002003 Compresión y licuefacción de gases
09001009 Tecnología de sensores relacionada con la realización de medidas
10002010 Tecnología de sensores remotos
09001007 Tecnología óptica relacionada con la realización de medidas