Flaring systems are commonplace across many industries, perhaps none more so than in oil and gas, and are used to burn gases before they enter the atmosphere. However, the impact of flare systems on the global environment is often overlooked, especially when one considers the effects of greenhouse gases and the wider pressure to reduce carbon and gas emissions.
Flare systems require pilot flame confirmation for safe operation to confirm there is an ignition source for flared gases. Furthermore, Flares which do not ignite will release hazardous gases into the atmosphere, leading to safety risks to infrastructure, personnel, and environmental non-compliance with environmental regulations.
Pilot flame detection must be monitored to assure ignition of flared gases during flare operation. Thermocouple failure due to thermal shock leaves operators without pilot monitoring capability until the next scheduled flare tip maintenance.
Thermocouple failure, flame movement, varying luminosity and adverse climatic conditions are just a few of the obstacles which have to be overcome to gain long-term monitoring reliability without false alarms.
LumaSense’s E²T Quasar family of detection systems are built for continuous duty monitoring of
- pilot flame (PM)
- flared gases (FM) and
- smoke particulate (SM)
from flare stacks. The sightthrough optical system and choices of fields of view allow the Quasar to be positioned up to ¼ mile (400 m) from the flare stack. Each of the systems includes a removable camera module, dual outputs, explosion-proof housing, internal heater and cooling.
The combination of modular features into a single remotely locatable system makes the Quasar easy to install, maintain and integrate with other systems, and makes it one of the most economical flare stack flare monitors on the market.
E2T Petrochemical Pyrometers