Current practices for gas monitoring on landfill sites are led by manual sampling with a handheld meter. There are a number of issues that such a technique poses:
As it stands the industry would clearly benefit from an autonomous gas monitoring device. However, emerging technologies from innovation in the sector have been expensive and inefficient. Until now.
Sensors have become more cost effective and display better long-term performance. This, coupled with the rise of the internet of things communications, makes it possible to bring a product to market at the right price point and one that is accessible to monitor from anywhere.
The increasing number of sites that are remote and unmanned has driven demand for a new approach to long-term monitoring. Similarly, landfills which employ gas utilisation power plants necessitate advances in innovation so as to achieve optimally run sites.
Production of large datasets with the added utilisation of data from disparate sources, meteorological and local data for example, enables enhanced data analytics in a way that wasn’t possible before.
Regulatory resources are experiencing increasing scarcity and so optimisation of the regulators time through technically sophisticated compliance programs is required. Indeed, there is an increased willingness of regulatory authorities to look at BAT approaches (Best Available Technology) in an effort to work with exciting and innovative technologies. A great example of this is the UK Environmental Agency ACUMEN Project.
There is a drive to reduce the risk involved in lone workers carrying out monitoring work on remote and hazardous sites. On some sites health and safety recommendations encourage staff to execute duties in pairs but with this comes a doubling of cost borne on the operators, even if outsourced. Autonomous gas monitoring significantly reduces the cost involved and satisfies health and safety concerns.
Operators are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the work they carry out. Maintaining sites over large distances can contribute to negative environmental impacts. Staff travelling to remote sites not only incur fuel costs but also incur an ever growing carbon footprint.
These shifts have allowed for a gap in the market that allows for the introduction of technology that can; be deployed at any location; is capable of delivering realtime data; is autonomous in terms of power and operator engagement; and continually produces sophisticated datasets which are wirelessly transmitted for access from the user’s smartphone, tablet or computer.
Such advancements allow for more efficient use of manpower, whereby site license compliance can be more easily met and gas capture can be more effectively managed. Additionally, analysis of the data will lead to
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