Dec 20, 2021

A Roundup: Our Top Picks for Clean Tech Innovations of 2021

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Kathairos has emerged as the leading North American solution for methane elimination from pneumatics, with more than 1,000 systems in operation across North America and over 40 major oil and gas producer partners.

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It’s a New Year, but the same resolution, as the name of the game is carbon emissions reduction. From oil and gas producers to the transportation sector, industries continue to work towards this objective, and there’s no shortage of technologies and solutions that have come to life this year to help address this issue.

Here are five clean tech companies to keep an eye on as we head into 2022.

1. Altum Technologies

Fouling is the accumulation of solid deposits on surfaces as a result of industrial processes and can occur inside pipelines, tanks and heat exchangers. Not only does fouling disrupt normal operations, it also represents 2.5% of global CO2 emissions. Altum Technologies is leading the way in reducing emissions resulting from fouling through their breakthrough high-power ultrasonic system, which allows the cleanup of any solid residue inside of pipelines, tanks and heat exchangers without the need to stop production or operations. Even better? Altum’s first-of-a-kind solution is externally applicable and requires no changes to existing equipment. This high-power ultrasonic system runs on a cloud-based environment, making it simple to operate, monitor and maintain.

2. Proteum Energy

Proteum Energy is a clean hydrogen production company that provides a way to produce clean hydrogen at a cost competitive against steam methane reformation, the longstanding industry standard when it comes to the low-cost production of hydrogen gas.

While more than 95% of the world’s industries opt for this method, steam methane reformation is highly carbon intensive and produces a significant amount of CO2.

To combat this concern, Proteum Energy has pioneered a much less carbon-intensive way of reforming clean hydrogen, providing companies in the oil and gas sector, power generation and transportation a cost-effective way to meet ever increasingly stringent emissions and regulatory standards, while also addressing the pressing environmental need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Qube Technologies

In 2020, Canada mandated a Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program. This program requires mandated sites to undergo 1-3 annual visits from trained operators using specialized equipment to identify potential fugitive emissions leaks. Existing LDAR processes face several limitations, including only providing intermittent and potentially inaccurate data.

Qube is an Alberta-based start-up specializing in providing low-cost environmental surveillance with the goal of helping the oil and gas industry more effectively detect, quantify and reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Using artificial intelligence, Qube looks at gas concentrations, atmospheric data and other operational factors to locate, measure and classify multiple types of emissions by source and severity. Why is this important? Continuous monitoring ensures that unintended greenhouse gas emissions don’t continue undetected for long periods of time, which would otherwise undermine emissions reduction efforts.

4. REVOLUTION Turbine Technologies

The push toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and gas industry in its operations requires reliable and effective power sources to use advanced digital technologies.

The problem? Powering digital industrial technologies in remote locations is incredibly challenging. REVOLUTION Turbine Technologies provides an alternative to using combustion generators and methane-emitting equipment via a system that generates power using the natural flow of gas, ensuring no combustion or venting that releases CO2 or methane gas.

REVOLUTION’s technology is engineered specifically to operate in remote environments where reliability, scalability and zero-touch operation are all necessary.

5. Kathairos Solutions

Well, what can we say. We’re feeling optimistic and excited about the clean tech-driven year ahead, and our role in it.

We’re establishing our position as active supporters, innovators and champions of the energy industry in meeting aggressive methane reduction targets both efficiently and affordably. We are ramping up deployment of our technology that completely eliminates methane emissions at remote well sites by using a non-polluting gas that constitutes 78% of the air we breathe: nitrogen.

While the medical industry has used nitrogen extensively for decades, this gas is under-utilized in the energy sector despite showing great potential to help in achieving net zero, especially given the extensive liquid nitrogen production and distribution network that exists across North America.

Kathairos’ patent-pending technology takes advantage of liquid nitrogen’s natural tendency to turn back into gaseous state, controlling the pressure, temperature and flow of nitrogen gas to power valves and other pneumatic devices in place of methane, which would have otherwise been vented into the atmosphere. Stick with us – 2022 has some truly incredible things in store!

December 20, 2021

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