Earth sciences professor Dr. David Risk has received an honorable mention in Natural Resources Magazine first-ever Industry Excellence Awards in the “Innovation” category for developing a mobile system called EXACT that can detect gas leaks.
“Dr. Risk’s system is now a hot commodity in Western Canada’s oil patch, where it’s used by Calgary-based Cenovus Energy and other players looking to reduce their carbon footprint,” the magazine reads in this current issue, where it announced the winners.
Dr. Risk says his group in the StFX Flux Lab has been working on this technology for about five years, and lately it’s really taken off. They also won a Clear Air Leadership Award in Saskatchewan earlier this year.
“The technology is a vehicle-based measurement system, developed along with energy companies. They manage huge developments with a lot of infrastructure, and want to detect the smallest of leaks very quickly,” he explains.
“We’ve probably done 80,000 kilometres of surveying in 2015 for companies and regulators, all across the country and in the U.S. too. Increasingly we’re seeing the technique used in emission reduction strategies, because the emissions are easy to manage once they’re known. Finding the leaks economically is the big challenge.”