Detecting SF6 Greenhouse Gas Emission with Infrared Camera

SF6 or Sulfur Hexafluoride is a synthetic gas obtained by combining six atoms of fluorine with one atom of sulfur. The Greenhouse Gas is reported to have a global warming potential of 23,900 times the potential of CO2. The gas is stable at normal temperature and does not react with its environment but heats up to temperatures of around four hundred degrees after coming in contact with the parts where electric currents circulate.

Detecting Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Emission 

Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) is used in high voltage equipment as an insulation gas. If there is a leakage and the gas is inhaled, it causes the breather’s voice to sound very deep. This is due to the density of the gas which is approximately 5 times denser than air. To tackle this problem an infrared camera is installed in the plant which helps in detecting Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. These cameras benefit in detecting the emissions and in the end help preserve the environment from potential damage caused due to such emissions.

The especially designed GasFindIR cameras help in monitoring large areas rapidly, pinpoint leaks in real time and provide verification of the process. These cameras are best suited for monitoring plants where it is difficult to reach with contact measurements tools. Some of these cameras can also detect other gases including ethylene, propylene, acetic acid, ammonia and other VOCs that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Infrared cameras have helped thousands of utilities from around the world in avoiding lost revenues, improve service reliability and prevent hazards to workers and the public.

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  • Reduction of production losses due to unplanned
  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs
  • Increased equipment life
  • Increased Mean-Time-Between-Failures (MTBF)
  • Increased productivity and profitability
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • Condition monitoring
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