- December 11, 2013
December 11, 2013 - Los Gatos Research announced Natural Gas Leak Detection (NGLD) system that quantifies natural gas leaks and directly maps data to Google Earth continuously. The system combines LGR's Ultraportable CH4/CO2/H2O and CH4/H2O analyzers with standard anemometers for wind velocity and GPS detectors for geographical coordinates. Along with simple-to-use, open source mapping software, the system provides measurements with unsurpassed accuracy and rapid response time. The system's wide dynamic range allows users to measure CH4, CO2 and H2O even if concentrations are far higher than typical ambient levels. For example it can detect up to 10% methane without compromising sensitivity at ultra-low levels. The system allows users to collect data as soon as the instrument starts. The license-free software enables users to simply and directly upload the measured concentrations and system parameters in real time to their own servers and to map the results directly to Google Earth. As a result, users have full control of their data at all times and can visualize the results in real time anywhere for immediate safety and compliance monitoring. The system operates on a Windows-based laptop computer. The Ultraportable analyzer is small, lightweight, and rugged, requiring little power. It takes advantage of a fourth-generation, cavity-enhanced laser absorption spectroscopy technique. This proprietary approach results in a more rugged and precise gas analyzer. These analyzers do not need ultra-precise alignment, sub-nanometer stability of their optics, or a high degree of thermal control. This ensures higher absolute accuracy as well as higher reliability. They may be locally controlled using a smartphone or tablet, remotely operated via the Internet, and maintained and cleaned by users with minimal training.