Optical Gas Infrared Imaging Helps Ensure Continuity of Power Distribution

Detecting SF6 Leaks 6 Meters Distant

fliratspr119-imageAMeer, Belgium  —  FLIR Systems has published a new application note that describes how the FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging cameraenables Czech utility company, CEPS a.s., to detect Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) leaks helping avoid breakdowns and ensuring the continuity of their power distribution network.

SF6 is used as an insulating gas in the distribution of high voltage electrical power. It allows substation equipment to be more compact.

However, SF6 is also a very potent greenhouse gas. Leaks in this equipment therefore not only endanger the continuity of power distribution but also have consequences for the environment.

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Optical Gas Imaging Camera Helps Improve Polymerization Process Safety

Leaks show up in the optical gas imaging footage as a smoke like vapor

Leaks show up in the optical gas imaging footage as a smoke like vapor.

Croissy-Beaubourg, FRANCE –?? FLIR Systems has released an applications report and video that demonstrates how process operators at the Borealis high-pressure, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden are using a FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging camera to detect potentially dangerous gas leaks.

In the LDPE production process, ethylene, a highly flammable hydrocarbon, is converted into polyethylene in a high-pressure polymerization reaction. (more…)