Are you measuring sustainability with reliable sensor, analytical instruments?

Detecting greenhouse gas emissions such as methane requires accurate industrial analytical measurements.

By ABB November 28, 2023
ABB factory in Quebec manufactures industrial analytical measurement devices and systems and has more than 400 employees. Courtesy: ABB

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn that the ABB factory in Quebec, Canada, established in 1973, manufactures industrial analytical measurement devices and systems, including the ABB Sensi+, which monitors multiple natural gas contaminants in one device.
  • Understand that optical sensors built by ABB in Quebec help with detecting methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from space.

Industrial analytical insights

  • Established in 1973, the ABB factory in Quebec, Canada, manufactures industrial analytical measurement devices and systems.

  • Products include ABB’s Sensi+, which monitors multiple natural gas contaminants in one device.

  • Optical sensors built by ABB in Quebec help with detecting methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from space.


Sensors used for industrial analytical measurements also help with detecting global emissions of methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from space. Advances in electronics, sensing methods, packaging and industrial design allows monitoring of multiple natural gas contaminants from one device.

Established in 1973, the ABB factory in Quebec, Canada, manufactures industrial analytical measurement devices and systems.

Industrial analytical sensors, measurements

“In its 50-year journey, ABB’s Quebec factory has both pushed the boundaries of industrial analytical measurement and also reached for the stars, literally,” said Jean-René Roy, global business line manager, ABB Measurement and Analytics. The factory houses ABB’s largest measurement and analytics research and development group, with 150 engineers and scientists and more than 400 employees. Products and services sourced there include the following.

ABB Sensi+ analyzer monitors natural gas quality through one device for continuous and simultaneous measurements of gas contaminants (hydrogen sulfide, water and carbon dioxide), eliminating the need for multiple analyzers and numerous maintenance schedules while reducing hours of operator training and services.

ABB factory in Quebec manufactures industrial analytical measurement devices and systems and has more than 400 employees. Courtesy: ABB

The ABB suite of natural gas leak detectors have sensitivity 1000 times greater and speed 10 times faster than traditional equipment.

ABB designs and manufactures one of the largest portfolios in the world of laboratory, at-line and process FT-IR/FT-NIR analyzers. Used for quality control, these solutions increase productivity while lowering environmental impact in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, life sciences and others.

Space-based sensors help with sustainability measurements

The ABB Quebec factory offerings have served the global space industry since its inception, collaborating with major space agencies with services such as weather forecasting, climate analysis, earth observation, space exploration and astronomy.

In recent years, optical sensors built by ABB in Quebec have played a vital role in detecting greenhouse gas emissions from space. Space-based gas analysis enables reporting across jurisdictions, crucial to verifying climate commitments. ABB-built optical sensors offer 100-times higher resolution than comparable technologies, precisely identifying emissions sources.

Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, mhoske@cfemedia.com.