NYSEARCH Spotlight March 2021 (Issue 9)

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Decarbonization R&D road-mapping: Amidst the core R&D work at NYSEARCH, a new roadmap has been in the works since May 2020 to address the growing interest, regulations, and R&D gaps for decarbonization of the natural gas industry...

Impact of siloxanes on end-use appliances testing continues: An identified gap from collective state-of-the-art analyses indicates that RNG quality is a high priority gap specifically understanding the effects of siloxanes. The objective of this project is to determine the limit of siloxanes that will preclude significant safety, reliability, performance, and maintenance impacts on end-use appliances in the US and Canada...

Ideal microbial strain identified for Power-to-Gas intermittency study: Power-to-Gas pathways to decarbonization provide a solution to use excess renewable electricity being generated along with the current natural gas infrastructure for producing and storing methane. The goal of this study is to evaluate microbial electromethanogenesis as a viable method for power-to-gas operations...

Identifying and developing a Siloxane Analyzer: RNG quality is a high priority gap specifically understanding the effects of siloxanes. To fully understand effect, we need to know how much siloxanes are in the system. NYSEARCH developed an evaluation program to identify siloxane analyzers that best meet the needs of members and further develop that analyzer to specifically meet all requirements to measure siloxanes accurately and reliably...

Evaluating hydrogen blend impacts on elastomers: Understanding impacts to the integrity of gas infrastructure is another high priority in decarbonization research. Building from a previous NYSEARCH/GTI program evaluating elastomers in varying gas compositions, a program to evaluate effects of hydrogen blends has been established...

Highlights of Projects in Early Stages: Study Impact of Trace Constituents in RNG on Natural Gas Grids and Consumer Appliances... Study of Natural Gas Dispersion with Blended Hydrogen in Residential Structures... Odor Detection for Blended Hydrogen... Living Lab for Blended Hydrogen...

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NYSEARCH Spotlight July 2020 (Issue 8)

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NYSEARCH Hosts Successful Decarbonization Workshop With Members and SME's: NYSEARCH successfully hosted a virtual Decarbonization Workshop with several members and RNG-focused SME’s in May 2020. The workshop was designed to identify member needs for developing a cohesive and strategically focused R&D plan for collaborative decarbonization projects with NYSEARCH...

NYSEARCH submits mercaptans sensor pre-commercialization and NCDP inspection program proposals to PHMSA: In early June, NYSEARCH submitted two proposals to PHMSA responding to the Research Announcements, which were released by DOT in April 2020: (1) Pre-Commercial Development and Field Testing of a Portable Mercaptan Sensing Device for Gas Industry Applications; and (2) Feasibility Study for a Robotic Platform and Suite of Sensors to Identify Degradation in Non-Conforming Driscopipe® 8000..

CraneMorley and NYSEARCH complete virtual training session for the HoloLens 2 Application Development project with funders: The HoloLens 2 was released by Microsoft in September 2019 and the NYSEARCH Augmented Reality (AR) application development project focused on building applications compatible with the features and capabilities built into this next generation HoloLens...

Another successful virtual NYSEARCH quarterly meeting conducted with active member participation: The June 2020 NYSEARCH meeting included (5) voting items, several Status Reports and Discussions, and a brainstorming session for new project development. The discussions that are online remain lively, informative and provide the NYSEARCH Staff the feedback needed to meet member requirements for the range of projects that are active...

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NYSEARCH Spotlight April 2020 (Issue 7)

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At this time of pulling together and concern for our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers, we are encouraged so much by our member participation in meetings and conference calls! The discussions that are online remain lively, informative and provide the NYSEARCH Staff the feedback that we always need to meet member requirements for the range of projects that are active. From working groups to annual meetings and contractor exchanges, we are pushing forward with you on progress toward innovation and improved safety with our R & D projects and products. We would like to highlight current activities and recent project milestones. As always, we thank our members for their support in all our activities; just a few of which are discussed in this newsletter. This issue of the NYSEARCH Spotlight newsletter also lists some of the recent Final Reports released related to NYSEARCH-member-sponsored RD&D projects…

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NYSEARCH Spotlight Feb 2020 (Issue 6)

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Special Issue of NYSEARCH Spotlight focusing on Renewal Natural Gas (RNG).

 

De-carbonization is steadily becoming a common objective among energy companies with interest in leveraging our existing infrastructure. It is thus important for NYSEARCH members to be knowledgeable about new forms of Renewable Natural Gas, innovations that apply RNG in the gas distribution system (including forms such as power-to-gas and blended hydrogen) and lessons learned. RNG is considered gas that is fully interchangeable with pipeline quality natural gas. Sources of RNG such as biogas, syngas, blended hydrogen in natural gas and power-to-gas (using renewable electricity) are not all at the same stage of development.

 

NYSEARCH has approached this new area of innovation by looking at impacts of RNG, assessing impacts of siloxanes on residential appliances, exploring a microbial Power-to-Gas solution, and implementing a Living Lab at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Plant in NY through a partnership with National Grid comparing operation of blended RNG to typical gas supply on equipment. In addition to some general news, this special edition of the newsletter highlights specific ongoing NYSEARCH RNG projects and presents a path forward to continue and develop solutions for the changing landscape of the natural gas industry…

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NYSEARCH Spotlight Nov 2019 (Issue 5)

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Assessing amorphous metal tape in application for PE pipe location: Field installations of MetGlas® were successfully completed in Buffalo, NY a part of National Fuel Gas territory to evaluate amorphous metal tape as a practical application for PE pipe location...

Double-blind RMLD testing completed in New York with member utilities: Through the summer of 2019 to November 2019, controlled testing was completed at National Grid’s training facility (pictured below) and double-blind field tests at NYSEG, CHG & E and ConEdison have been completed. The overall objective of the double-blind RMLD test project is to develop information that establishes the performance of RMLD and whether its performance is equivalent to other leak survey tools…

GasComm™ updates are complete: As of October 2019, the GasComm™ units installed at member utilities have all been upgraded with new software and hardware that resolved volumetric flow readings.

Comparative testing of quantitative gas optical imaging system QL320 completed at SoCalGas: The overall test program focuses on evaluating the current MultiSensor (MSS) non-thermal imaging prototype for underground distribution leaks. This comparative testing provides more information to evaluate the value of the MSS system…

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