French oil company TotalEnergies is launching a drone-based program to detect methane emissions in all its oil and gas companies. The global project will use technology for measuring greenhouse gases, called Airborne Ultralight Spectrometer for Environmental Applications (AUSEA).

Drones with dual gas sensor

AUSEA uses a drone-mounted miniature dual gas sensor to detect methane and carbon dioxide emissions and identify their source. Measurements can be performed on all industrial installations, both onshore and offshore.

The company says drone inspections will complement measurements made using traditional techniques such as infrared cameras, ground sensors, and satellite data. TotalEnergies developed the technology in collaboration with the French National Research Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne.

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