The natural gas industry faces new requirements for risk disclosure. Bluefield’s satellite-based methane detection service is a scalable solution to meet this challenge cost-effectively and keep gas at the core of the global energy transition.
Methane is a greenhouse gas 100x more powerful than CO2, and leaks from oil and gas operations are a major threat to the future of the industry. However, despite $6 billion a year spent on leak monitoring via helicopters, drones, and trucks, the threat has only grown.
- Unacceptable financing risks for investors and lenders
- $30 billion annually in lost revenues worldwide
- Accidents resulting in loss of life and billions in costs
Learn more about why methane is a problem.
Bluefield uses a proprietary, miniaturized version of a sensor technology previously deployed by NASA on 12 missions. By mounting this sensor on several backpack-sized microsatellites – and enhancing the raw data with our proprietary machine vision algorithms – we provide methane emission monitoring at a previously unthinkable combination of global coverage, high resolution, and low cost.
- 90% reduction in monitoring cost
- Detection of over 95% of industrial leaks
- Leak location pinpointed within 20 meters
- Daily measurements, global coverage
- Data analytics delivered via secure portal
- Reliable results due to robust sensor design (no moving parts)
Contact us to learn more about our technology or schedule a demonstration.
Successful clean energy entrepreneur, former remote sensing squad leader in the Navy
Richard L. Lachance
Ph.D. in optics, former remote sensing expert at ABB, worked on 6 satellite missions (NASA & the European Space Agency)
VP of Product
Former senior geoscientist at Shell, Schlumberger & Eni, pioneered numerous satellites data products
Designed and commercialized remote gas sensors & instruments (aerial/satellite), managed teams at top tech firms
Board of Advisors
Dr. William (Bill) Heaps
30 years NASA scientist specializing in atmospheric gases, designed a methane sensor that’s been deployed on the International Space Station
25 years of leadership in aerospace compliance, worked for top companies including Boeing
Energy Industry Relationships
Former Head of Global Energy at Morgan Stanley, SVP responsible for global M&A and strategy at GE, co-founded an energy startup with $1.5 billion assets
SpaceNews: Bluefield Technologies is signing up additional customers in the wake of a recent aerial demonstration of its optical sensor to detect methane leaks. Read the full article here.
Using satellites to track methane emissions is suddenly a hot topic – why now? The article explains why this new paradigm is arriving at the perfect time to unlock the future of natural gas.
(It’s Not Just) Reason 1: Methane Leaks = Lost Revenues; (It’s Not Just) Reason 2: Minimizing Accidents; (The Biggest Reason Is) Reason 3: Minimizing Financing Risk..
“..Bluefield Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif. Its CEO, Yotam Ariel, has formed a team of scientists and engineers who are designing a satellite the size of a backpack to spot the distinctive patterns of sunlight that is reflected from small emissions of methane on Earth..”
“Palo Alto, California-based Bluefield Technologies Inc. plans to launch a fleet of satellites that can detect methane emissions, a technology that has the potential to catch leaks at oil and gas facilities or monitor climate-change commitments by nations..”