The term ‘net-zero’ refers to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities to as close to zero as possible, with any remaining emissions being re-absorbed by the oceans and forests.
Many nations and industries are working hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations, so that together, humankind achieves net-zero by 2050.
Aside from the energy and transportation sectors, hydrocarbons are integral to a variety of critical industries including textiles, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and construction. Therefore, hydrocarbons are expected to remain part of daily life for decades to come.
As we work towards reducing global dependency on hydrocarbon fuels for energy and transportation, it is imperative that, together, we make every effort to minimise emissions of greenhouse gases.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global demand for hydrocarbons is expected to increase 11% between 2015 and 2050.
The IEA estimates that, in order for net-zero to be achieved, fugitive emissions of methane alone, need to have reduced 75% by 2030.
The IEA projects that the early detection and repair of failing pipework, will reduce associated fugitive emissions of methane by 14%.
The term ‘fugitive emissions’, refers to leaks and other unplanned emissions from pipework, storage vessels and other industrial processes. Fugitive emissions are a challenge faced by many industrial sectors including chemical processing, waste water, energy, and agriculture.
When CUI causes pipework and vessels to fail, fugitive emissions are released into the atmosphere. By detecting the early onset of CUI and moisture, SubTera’s technology helps to reduce fugitive emissions and achieve our shared net-zero objectives.
As part of achieving net-zero objectives, industry must safely extend the useful life of infrastructure.
Through regular inspection of pipework and vessels using SubTera’s technology, asset owners are enabled to detect the early onset of CUI, which supports asset management decisions.
SubTera’s sensor technology has been developed to inspect pipework and vessels protected using the latest generation of high-performance thermal coatings and insulations, without requiring these protective layers to be removed during inspection.
These modern insulation systems, reduce the amount of energy lost during processing, by maintaining process conditions. Due to the use of these advanced materials, processing plants require less energy to operate, while maximising plant safety, and helping to reduce fugitive emissions.
SubTera’s inspection sensors can analyse insulation beneath non-metallic cladding, to determine the condition and locate any gaps where unnecessary heat loss may be occurring.