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
VP of Sales
20 years experience as sales director at DigitalGlobe, Lockheed Martin & Google (Skybox Imaging/Terra Bella)
VP of Partnerships
Energy industry veteran. Developed regulatory & communications strategies for startups as well as Fortune 100 companies
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
Successful space tech entrepreneur (Co-founder of NanoRacks & Ubiquitilink), 30 years experience in the sector, former senior advisor for NASA
(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..”