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Duke Energy launches satellite monitoring of methane emissions

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Duke Energy, the leading integrated energy company, announced this Monday it will launch a new monitoring platform for its methane emissions; it will do so by partnering with Accenture and Microsoft.

Firstly, the new platform will have top-notch technology; it will include a cloud-based platform with near-real-time data collection; which will allow Duke Energy’s field response teams to more rapidly identify and repair methane leaks.

Secondly, the cloud-hosted platform will track and prioritize data associated with leaks using advanced detection methods such as satellites, fixed-wing aircraft and ground-level sensing technology.

Thirdly, the on-ground sensor technology will detect and trace levels of methane emissions that current technology may not identify. Consequently, it will augment the company’s drive toward net-zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030.

Moreover, the platform will execute monthly satellite captures in Greenville, S.C., beginning in August; to further refine the technology for identifying methane leaks on Duke Energy’s pipeline system. The company anticipates implementing its methane-monitoring platform by October 2021.

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Duke Energy to reduce dramatically its methane emissions

In addition, the design of the platform will be in charge of Avande; which is a technology joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. Company will apply its experience in analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing to drive insights from the platform for improving operations and delivering on the methane emissions goal.

On the other hand, Brian Weisker, COO at Duke Energy, said about the platform. “This platform will re-imagine how natural gas local distribution companies calculate methane emissions; and also perform leak surveys and improve the expediency in which leaks may be repaired. This will result in dramatically lower methane emissions.”

He also remarked. “The current industry standard uses calculated data to report methane emissions; which leaves room for inaccuracies when it comes to actual methane levels.”

Finally, Darryl Willis, Microsoft corporate vice president of energy and sustainability, said. “This is a great example of innovation and collaboration coming together to enable industries to more accurately detect, also, calculate and report on emissions and take action.”

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