Our Work

Developing Methane Sensors for Leak Detection in Oil and Gas Operations

HARC is working with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to identify inexpensive methane sensors that can be deployed in a variety of oil and gas operations to rapidly identify and facilitate repair of natural gas leaks. This will allow for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in an industry that is extremely important to Texas, the U.S. and world energy needs and will be for many decades to come.

The project is lead by Alex Cuclis, Research Scientist in Air Emissions and Monitoring. Alex is working with EDF to identify methane monitors suitable for testing based on their current level of development. The project team will design a lab or field-based testing protocol to detect natural gas emissions at oil and gas facilities. The goal of the project is to find ways to mass produce methane emissions sensors at a low cost so that oil and gas operators will purchase, install and make full use of these analyzers.

Project Announcements

Press Releases

HARC and Gas Technology Institute will host the 2015 CH4 Emissions: Methane Emissions Solutions for the Natural Gas Community on October 6-7.

Project Announcements

The CH4 Connections 2015 Technical Program Committee deadline for accepting abstracts has been extended to April 28, 2015.

Project Announcements

The CH4 Connections 2015 Technical Program Committee is accepting abstracts for the HARC and GTI conference until April 10, 2015. The conference will be held October 6-7, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Alex Cuclis, Research Scientist, Air Quality and Emissions, presented at the CLEO: 2014 Exposition on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in San Jose, California.


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