Methane is invisible, odorless, and slightly lighter than air. Detecting a leak is incredibly difficult.
Methane is invisible, odorless, and slightly lighter than air.
Detecting a leak is incredibly difficult.
Why Project Canary?
Currently, there is no real-time data available on air quality at hundreds of thousands of remote oil and gas well locations across the nation. Methane, the primary constituent in natural gas, is lighter than air, odorless, and invisible, making leaks extremely difficult to detect.
Scientists have been working to develop ways to detect methane leaks for years. Methane is visible only in the deep infrared spectrum, which is why virtually every methane sensor utilizes some form of optical technology.
Project Canary is different.
Infrared cameras and optical sensors are expensive and power-hungry. The industry needs a solution that is scalable, simple to deploy, and always on—like a smoke detector in your home.
There are nearly 600,000 natural gas wells producing in the US today. These wells are carefully engineered to minimize the risk of natural gas leaks. The companies that operate these wells know that a leak costs them money. Should a mechanical problem occur on a remote site, the producer is highly incentivized to detect and correct the issue as quickly as possible. Project Canary is designed to facilitate early detection. It’s always on watch, reporting every 15 minutes, every hour of every day to the Cloud. Should a leak occur, the producer can quickly and efficiently dispatch personnel to fix the problem.
Methane (CH4) is an exceptionally clean source of energy for our planet. Project Canary will help natural gas producers realize the potential and responsibly develop this important resource for our nation.
Become part of Project Canary
Want to be one of the first to test out a Canary? We are giving away part of our first major production run to get these birds chirping for you.