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  • MicroGCs enable first ever direct installation of process gas chromatograph into natural gas pipeline

MicroGCs enable first ever direct installation of process gas chromatograph into natural gas pipeline

Jun 18 2021

Qmicro by Sensirion recently collaborated with MeterQ Solutions GmbH to fulfill the direct installation of a process GC into a natural gas pipeline – the first installation of its kind anywhere in the world. This groundbreaking feat was made possible by Qmicro’s microGC technology, the cornerstone of MeterQ’s solution.

The installation of the GC occurred in a compressor station of one of its project partners northern Germany. The process gas chromatograph analyses thirteen components found in natural gas which includes C6+, H, O and N. Each component is separated, by helium as the carrier gas, within 45 seconds. with each separated by only one carrier gas (helium) in only 45 seconds. Qmicro’s microGC enabled MeterQ to create a system without the need for  a bypass channel, enabling a reduction of approximately 95% in natural gas emissions in comparison to the typical systems used up until now. 

As well as being capable of analysing an extensive array of gases very quickly, these instruments are easy to maintain due to their minimal carrier gas consumption and automatic recalibration feature. The highly compact microGCs include an ingenious cartridge system for rapid and simple replacing of consumables and they are protected by an explosion-proof housing, so they can be installed almost anywhere. The Qmicro is the perfect answer to operators working in hydrogen blend stations, custody transfer among others. 

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