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Natural gas has been an important source of energy for domestic and industrial use worldwide. Recent trends in energy supply have led to changes in the composition of the supplied gas in many countries. Due to these changes, it becomes even more important to measure the composition of this gas. Especially in small-scale applications a need for in-line measurement technology was detected.
For instance, in the Netherlands in the 1950’s a large natural gas reservoir was discovered near Slochteren which supplied a steady and constant source for many decades. However, production from the Slochteren field is declining and will be stopped in 2030. Therefore, the gas grid has to be fed with gas from different sources.
What natural gas from all sources has in common is that it is composed of methane, usually 75…95%. The rest of the mix typically consists of higher alkanes, like ethane and propane and fractions of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The exact composition depends on the source of the gas, so when a grid is supplied with a variety of gases the composition will change. Furthermore, other recent trends contribute to the fluctuations in composition.
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Currently, the concept is being tested in the natural gas network of the Netherlands in close collaboration with grid operators and project partners, Alliander and Gasunie.
Based on the measured components detected at the different coatings, the calorific value can be calculated, based on the concentration of the measured components. In combination with the integrated pressure and temperature sensor, other key parameters for the characterization of natural gas like; Wobbe Index, Propane Equivalent or combustion air requirement can be determined.
By using these parameters as input for a control system, users can optimize their processes to increase efficiency, reduce pollutants, or manage load. For instance in processes such as:
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