bp ventures invests £3 million in methane detection drones | News
The company, named Flylogix, combines its UAV with AI, satellite communications and methane sensor technology, from partner SeekOps, to monitor and measure methane around the world.
Holder of the UK record for the longest commercial drone flight, Flylogix – which has worked with bp since 2018 – is uniquely positioned to measure methane in remote locations.
With a global warming potential (GWP) of 28 to 36 over 100 years, methane warms the planet 86 times more than carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) .
At last year’s COP26 summit (2021), more than 100 countries pledged to reduce methane emissions by 30%.
Bp’s new investment supports the company’s “Goal 4” of installing methane measurement at all major existing oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and reducing methane intensity by 50%. methane in all of its operations.
Commenting on the investment, David Hayes, Managing Partner, bp ventures, said: “Flylogix has been instrumental in the way we undertake methane emissions measurements in the North Sea. »
The aircraft – which uses sensor technology designed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover – can fly up to 250m from the facilities before live streaming data collected by the sensor in its wingtip to the team ground support.
“This latest investment will help Flylogix bring our proven UAV technology to new regions and develop applications to realize the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Charles Tavner, CEO of Flylogix.