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Drone-mounted sensors offer new solution for emissions mapping

03 April 2017

Finnish cleantech startup Aeromon has developed an interesting platform to enable rapid mapping over 70 different industrial emissions. 

By deploying sensors in static, hand-held and drone-mounted configurations, the company uses its cloud-based service to fluidly analyse emissions patterns in any industrial setting – even those that, traditionally, have been difficult to access. This enables users of the solution to save both time and resources when managing the environmental effects of their operations.

Founded in 2015, originally with the idea of monitoring shipping emissions in harbours, Jouko Salo, chairman at Aeromon, quickly identified that the platform also had the potential to offer solutions in other applications. “We made the decision to apply flexible modular architecture to our design from the very beginning so that we could vary the systems for multiple uses. This has proven valuable in building the monitoring concept for environmental emissions and process industry.”

The company conducted successful pilots at the Ämmässuo waste treatment center (operated by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, Finland) in 2015, and in oil and gas industry sites in 2016. These pilots demonstrated the potential to make significant efficiency and financial savings in process industry monitoring applications. 

In each study, the lightweight, easily deployable nature of the Aeromon platform made it possible to map large areas that normally would have proven to be a time-consuming task. When coupled with automated analysis and visual reporting, the whole emissions mapping process gains huge efficiency increases.

“By measuring emissions with drones, we now have the potential to locate emissions which might otherwise go unnoticed,” said Salo.  “It also allows our customers to get more complete results quicker, as difficult locations can now be easily reached and mapping can be done swiftly. Our cloud-based automatic reporting and calibration management makes the workflow leaner, which in turn gives companies more time to focus on actions based on their newly-acquired information.”


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