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Emissions Detector Surveillance Robot // ExRobotics

ExRobotics is the leading expert in developing rugged reliable robots for harsh environments that require ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 certification.  These ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 certified robots will be the new benchmark for inspecting and surveying potentially explosive facilities. They are equipped with a range of sensors and cameras that use a wireless network to communicate with a driver/ operator located in a safe control room.

TO BATTLE FUGITIVE EMISSIONS ON SITE: Emissions and leak-detection are high-profile robotic applications, especially as environmental concerns gain traction in the oil & gas industry. For example, methane is the main component of natural gas. Cheap and versatile, but also a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Methane is believed to be responsible for a quarter of all global warming.

The emissions detector is kept permanently on location on its docking station which continuously charges its batteries. It operates with no human intervention. It typically performs daily autonomous missions during which it follows orange lines around pre-planned routes. Its range of gas detectors sends an alarm to the control room if gas is detected at a ppm-level. It’s a vital tool in the battle to reduce fugitive emissions of methane, benzene and other gases.

Emission detection: financial and environmental loss

Methane leaks from wells, pipelines, or processing equipment can substantially increase the greenhouse gas emissions of the natural gas sector, while also wasting resources as methane escapes into the atmosphere. About 25% of methane emissions come from the oil & gas industry. In the United States alone, fugitive emissions from the oil and gas industry total an estimated 13 million metric tons per year, amounting to $2 billion in lost revenue; globally, the value of leaking gas is $30 billion. But since a great proportion of these emissions currently goes unreported, the scale of the problem could be bigger than thought. The European Commission is working on a first-ever methane strategy that could play a “very significant role” in enabling the EU to increase its climate ambitions for 2030.

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Specification

Weight

75 – 100kg

Dimensions

950 x 690 x 555 mm

(L x W x H)

Driving time

90 – 120

minutes

Speed

0.8 meter/sec

(2.5 km/hour)

Powder Coated

Body

to Customer’s

colour scheme.

Operating ambient

temperature

from -20°C

to 50°C

ATEX/IECEx

Zone 1 certified

IIB (ethylene or

similar)

MOBILITY

Integrated unit of high-grade aluminium with:

Speed 2.5 km/hour

Skid steering on the spot

Range 1.5 km

Drives up and down 30-degree slopes

Drives up and down 20cm ledges

CAMERA MODULE

Integrated unit of high-grade aluminium with 3 cameras:

Glass windows with nano-coating for self-cleaning

A mixture of hi-resolution 18.1 megapixel and low-resolution 3.1

megapixel cameras facing forwards, downwards and upwards

All cameras have digital zoom, point and click, snapshots and

exposure control

LIGHT MODULE (OPTIONAL)

Integrated unit of high-grade aluminium with 3 lights:

Three LEDs orientated in the same direction as the cameras

Each LED has a 690-lumen output

TRACKS

Specialist anti-static tracks with excellent spot steering and step

climbing abilities

MICROPHONE

Mono front-facing microphone

BATTERY PACK

Ex enclosure containing three 12V 9 Ah lead crystal batteries

MAIN ELECTRONICS BOX

Ex enclosure containing a custom mainboard that

integrates the robot’s functions:

Intel Atom processor with Braswell 14 nm process technology,

4 cores, 8 Gb, 1,04 GHz

2x STM 32bits processors to support the main processor

Battery charger system and battery management system

Integrated sim-card or WiFi

GAS SENSOR OPTIONS

Ion Science Falco 1.1 for volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Honeywell 3000 Mk II for toxic gases

Crowcon IR MAX for light hydrocarbon gases

INDUCTION CHARGER AND DOCKING STATION

Patented induction charger with:

Foreign object detection system

Inputs 24 VDC, 110 VAC, 120 VAC, 220 VAC or 240 VAC

The robot can also be supplied with a quick charge socket

4G LTE WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM

Dual-band antennas that connect the robot to the control station

using a public or private 4G LTE network

WiFi offered as an alternative to 4G

CONTROL STATION

The robot can be driven using a laptop with a game controller or a

smartphone

ATEX / IECEX ZONE 1 CERTIFICATION

II 2 G Ex db eb ib mb qb IIB T4 Gb

 

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