On a beautiful day on the island of Sprogø, Explicit got a chance to demonstrate its latest sniffer drone application to monitor fugitive emissions of methane (CH4) and ammonia (NH3), among other climate and air pollutants, to Lea Wermelin, Danish Minister for the Environment, and the European Environmental Agency (EEA).
The day was organized and hosted by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to showcase the Danish Ecoinnovation Programme (MUDP) and the potential of Danish frontrunner technologies in environmental monitoring. Explicit has previously received funding from MUDP to develop its mini sniffer technology for monitoring ship emissions, currently being used by leading authorities to enforce emissions regulations at sea.
The new application focuses on quantification of fugitive emissions from land-based sources. Quantification – how much a source is actually emitting – remains a core challenge in emissions monitoring, particularly from fugitive sources where leaks and flares prevent easy measurement. The problem results in enormous measurement uncertainties, potential misreporting on climate and air quality impacts, and undermines attempts to regulate emissions from a large group of sources that are known to contribute significantly to climate and air quality pollution.
The visit to Sprogø was documented by TV2 Fyn:
- New sniffer drone presented to Danish Minister of Environment and European Environmental Agency September 29, 2020
- Explicit and partners to monitor ship emissions at Pas-de-Calais September 23, 2020
- EMSA redeploys sniffer drones in Danish waters July 15, 2020