Volatus Aerospace’s iRed Wins Fugitive Gas Detection Contract in UK

Volatus Aerospace Corp. is pleased to announce that its UK subsidiary, iRed Ltd, has signed a contract for monthly recurring inspections to detect fugitive methane leaks at 14 water treatment facilities across the northwest of the United Kingdom. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has 25 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, according to “Faster and Further: Canada’s Methane Strategy” from September 2022. Fugitive methane emissions, which occur due to leaks, loose valves, or the venting of methane gas, can result in the loss of valuable energy, increased costs, and damage to the environment.

To identify these methane leaks, which may be invisible to the naked eye, iRed will use a technology called optical gas imaging (OGI). OGI involves visualizing a narrow band of the infrared spectrum to identify methane and other hydrocarbon gases. Under the terms of the 12-month contract, iRed will conduct remote analysis of the infrastructure at the water treatment facilities using OGI cameras.

“This is a very strategic win,” said Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus. “In Canada, gas leak detection for the oil and gas industry is already a major line of business for our Synergy Aviation subsidiary. The added capability of Optical Gas Imaging is expected to open new doors with our existing oil and gas customers as well as create new opportunities in the North American waste management sector. In parallel, iRed can leverage the strength of our Oil and Gas expertise to generate new opportunities in that sector in the UK.”

Ray Faulkner, President of iRed, added, “The production of methane is a natural part of the waste treatment process. Methane gas is captured and used for bio-energy production and carbon capture. iRed is a specialist in fugitive gas detection, mitigation, and inspection. But capturing that data is only half the story – we turn it into actionable reports for stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, to whom the operators are responsible. The potential for us is significant.”

According to Deloitte, the UK needs to dramatically increase its use of renewable and other low carbon energy sources in order to progress towards net zero by 2050. Incinerating waste, including biomass, is considered a renewable energy source that reduces overall emissions compared to allowing the waste to go to a landfill. While wind and solar energy are intermittent sources that are not always available, biomass incineration can provide a consistent source of renewable baseload power. Research undertaken by The University of Manchester suggests that the UK “has the potential to generate up to 44% of its energy from biomass sources, including household waste, agricultural residues, and home-grown biofuels by 2050.”

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