Renewable Natural Gas Interchangeability Research for Residential Appliances

Description: Evaluation of varying Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) compositions on performance of residential appliances.

Status: Appliance testing is complete. NYSEARCH Range™ Plus available on www.nysearch.org

Benefits: The addition of new RNG supplies (from aerobic digestion, power-to-gas etc.) is expected to increase, leading to wider range of gas compositions. This NYSEARCH project is performing a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of varying gas composition on the performance of residential appliances to determine the potential extent of sensitive appliances being affected…

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Living Lab for Biomethane (RNG) Assessment

Description: A five-year controlled study to assess impact of processed biomethane on gas distribution infrastructure.

Status: Test material has been installed for the Living Lab at Newtown Creek and alternate site. Commissioning of the biomethane recovery system pending.

Benefits: The planned Newtown Creek wastewater treatment biomethane recovery system offers National Grid and the industry at large a unique opportunity to monitor the immediate and long-term impacts of direct injection of biomethane into a local distribution network via a “living laboratory” environment. The relationship of gas processing technology, monitoring instrumentation and downstream piping system impacts will be explored to help fill long standing industry wide knowledge gaps…

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Identification and Development of an Analyzer for Siloxane Measurement

Description: State of the art assessment for identification of a portable siloxane analyzer technology that meets NYSERACH sponsor(s) specification.

Status: Five analyzers identified that are being evaluated in North America.

Benefits: The benefit of this study is to leverage expertise of gas research centers of excellence in Europe by conducting an expansive search for a siloxane measurement tool. The approach will allow us to understand the technical requirements and solu-tions that are necessary to quantify the presence of siloxanes in Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The program could result in a future solution necessary to qualify a biogas clean-up facility as acceptable…

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Testing of Residential Appliances for Impact of Siloxanes

Description: Practical testing to evaluate effect of Siloxanes on residential appliances’ performance.

Status: Appliance testing ongoing.

Benefits: This project aims to address the ongoing dialogue on the technical limits of siloxanes in Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Assessment of siloxane impacts on sensitive natural gas end-use equipment will help to specify technically-sound limits. The largest impediment for translating results obtained from available literature is that majority of appliances are of different design that have not been studied previously. This testing will help us reduce these uncertainties by providing scientific data to back up siloxane limit recommendations…

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GasComm® Plastic Pipe and RTU Control Module

Description: The purpose of this project is to design and build a device to measure in real time various gas pipe parameters. This data is wirelessly transmitted to a secure GasComm® RTU/Control Module (GCM).

Status: Following the completion of specifications, design and development tasks are in progress.

Benefits: The commercialized GasComm® unit for steel pipes is confirming the ability of this technology to monitor live pipelines in real time. Plastic pipe is the most prominent material used for distribution pipe applications, therefore adapting the GasComm® technology for plastic pipe is beneficial to the utilities. With a successful operation of the GasComm® unit for both steel and plastic pipes, the product would expand the live gas pipe monitoring technology…

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Development of Mercaptans Sensor with Non-Radioactive Ionizer

Description: A program to develop a small, portable, sensor with a non-radioactive ionizer to detect and measure mercaptan concentrations at very low levels using gas chromatography (GC) and differential mobility spectroscopy (DMS) technologies.

Status: All sensor components: the non-radioactive ionizer, sorbent trap, power control module, the DMS module, GC, and microcontrollers are currently undergoing integra-tion into a single operating unit.

Benefits: The use of odorants for natural gas detection is considered one of many major public health and safety advancements for the gas distribution industry. Small volumes of certain sulfur com-pounds known as mercaptans are injected into odorless natural gas to make it detectable. Currently, the primary method to detect mercaptans in natural gas is through operator “sniff” tests and costly gas chromatography lab analyses. A new technology to allow the measurement and detection of mercaptan concentrations at the parts per billion level which is the same level as that detectable to the human nose…

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Augmented Reality Application Development

Description: To develop an Augmented Reality (AR) training application for the Microsoft HoloLens focused on leak survey, Meter Set Assembly (MSA), and investigation in the natural gas distribution sector.

Status: NYSEARCH collaborated with an AR training vendor to build and deliver a custom leak investigation application and an MSA procedural guide on the new Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Benefits: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have swept innovation into various industries in recent years. The technology provides a creative solution to add efficiency in workflow and numerous ways to optimize business operations. AR and VR implementation have proven to increase productivity within workforces across industries.…

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Liquid Cleaning of Unpiggable Pipelines

Description: To enhance the Explorer 20/26 series robots when liquid is present in unpiggable live pipelines. This technology will ultimately enhance Explorer’s ability to conduct In-Line Inspections (ILI)when encountering liquids.

Status: Development and testing is underway.

Benefits: The objective of the Explorer 20/26 liquid cleaning project is to understand what is required to increase the liquid capability of the Explorer robot. The Explorer robot is intended, through this project to traverse and scan through liquid in pipelines with natural gas flow. Thus, we are working to further enhance the capable of driving and scanning through large and small amounts of liquids…

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Universal Locator for RFID Technology

Description: The purpose of this project is to develop an antenna and signal processing system to detect and acquire read/write capability to interact with the Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) tagging. The product is intended for use as a general PE pipe locator.

Status: Feasibility study and design activities are in progress.

Benefits: The universal locator will be an interactive tool for plastic pipe embedded with RFID tags. The universal locator will detect and locate the buried plastic pipe and will be able to read/write the information located on the RFID tag. Additionally, the tool will include the capability to locate existing tracer wires for plastic pipes…

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