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Laser Detects Methane Leaks

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FREIBURG, Germany, Nov. 13, 2014 — A new laser system can detect biogas and natural gas that escape through leaks in gas lines or fermenters at biogas plants. A team led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM developed the system, which can reveal leaked gases faster, more accurately and without making any direct contact. This work is important, the researchers said, as biomass-derived gases are widely used to generate electricity and heat for millions of households. The new technology is based on optical emission and backscattering spectroscopy, which can be used detect escaping...Read full article

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