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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Solutions for Methane Emissions Reduction
The 5 solutions for methane emissions reduction you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 startups & scaleups tackling methane emissions our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 172 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Louisiana Technical Instruments builds a Methane Emission Reduction System
Industries involved in the production or extraction of natural gas are large contributors to global climate change. The emissions from extraction processes, called gas bleeding, are controlled to automatically operate valves for pressure, flow, temperature, or liquid levels. Further, older and inefficient bleed control systems emit higher amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Therefore, factories look to replace older control systems to minimize the bleeding of gasses. This is essential to meet current and future government emission standards for the petroleum and natural gas industries.
US-based startup Louisiana Technical Instruments provides a non-intrusive and non-intrinsic methane emissions reduction system. The Environmental Pneumatic Abatement System (EPAS) adapts to the outside of the controller, the actuator of the control valve, and to the pressure regulator from the pipeline. EPAS also features fail-safes to reroute pressure in the case of an emergency. The solution aims to provide a system that is compatible with existing controller components in use by the natural gas and petroleum industry to achieve better emission standards.
Kuva Systems develops a Gas Cloud Imaging Solution
As emission regulations become stricter and greater emphasis is placed on the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emission, industries with higher emissions look towards advanced monitoring solutions. The conventional method of emission tracking measures the rate of flow through values and controllers. However, additional factors such as the spread in the atmosphere and the potential dangers of gas concentration also have the potential for upgrades. For this reason, startups and scaleups build systems that visualize greenhouse gases and their effect on the atmosphere.
Kuva Systems is a US-based startup developing an industrial IoT platform to continuously monitor methane emissions. Their platform uses cameras to capture methane emissions via non-thermal infra-red (IR) imaging and then employs edge computing to detect and visualize the emissions. The emission data is later stored in a cloud platform to generate alerts and reports in real-time. The solution allows factories and managers to take immediate action in case of failures in emission control.
Utonomy provides a Pressure Management System
In most gas pipeline networks, a high level of pressure is maintained to ensure that the end-user has a constant supply of gas. The level of pressure maintained has a direct effect on the level of maintenance required. Constant levels of high-pressure create hundreds of microfractures, thus increasing the effort in the detection and maintenance of leaks. The use of smart pressure monitoring systems allows gas pipeline operators to dynamically adjust the pressure and minimize the risk of leaks being developed.
British startup Utonomy develops an automated gas pressure management system to combine and regulate gas flows from biomethane plants. The system manages the pressure of the gas within the pipeline, using electronically controlled governor stations at specific points, to combine natural gas and biomethane gas. By actively managing gas network controllers, cities effectively utilize their gas networks based on the demand and reduce their GHGs.
Mootral specializes in Methane Reduction from Cattle
Industries such as petroleum and natural gas are not the only large-scale producers of greenhouse gas emissions. Methane emissions from raising livestock are also one of the large sources of global GHG emissions. Lab-grown and plant-based meat are examples of indirect cattle emission reduction while feed additives and supplements aim to directly reduce cattle methane emissions.
Swiss startup Mootral manufactures a natural feed supplement that is based on a proprietary blend of active compounds from garlic and flavonoids derived from citrus. The supplement targets the microbiome which is responsible for the creation of methane within the digestive system of ruminants. It inhibits its activity and does not adversely impact the digestive bacteria. The supplements provide a cost-effective and scalable methane reduction solution for the agriculture industry.
Nextseal develops Gas Pressure Sealing Technology
As countries adopt goals to reduce their carbon footprint, this has a significant impact on large pivotal industries that are based on natural gas. Large-scale plants and facilities use technology and equipment that have existed for a long time. As a result, most are inefficient for current standards of emission control. Startups develop pressure seal technologies that reduce emissions with low implementation costs as compared to replacing existing machines.
Swedish startup Nextseal creates sealing technology that balances the pressure around a seal and minimizes the effect of pressure differences over the seal. The result of minimizing the pressure difference reduces the effect of degradation of the seal which causes leaks over time. NextSeal is compatible for use in both reciprocating and centrifugal compressors for natural gas transmission and processing.
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