Many modern products contain components that originate from hydrocarbons in crude oil, making the extraction and processing of crude oil an important industry in today’s society. This industry also requires new and better technologies to effectively address the challenges of working with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some VOCs are dangerous to human health and harmful to the environment, and some are regulated by law. Better detection and monitoring technologies can help protect petrochemical facilities, employees, and the environment.
The NovaTest P300 can rapidly test ambient air in any location, making it a useful device for leak detection, prospecting, or other VOC detection applications. The P300 is capable of detecting a wide range of compounds with high sensitivity in a single test, and the system automatically generates an instant report with calculated results. These features can be used to efficiently identify leaks and other problems so that they can be fixed as quickly as possible. The P300 can also be used to detect near-surface hydrocarbons that seep to the Earth’s surface after being generated at greater depths. Near-surface hydrocarbon surveys, combined with other techniques, can help focus the target area for further exploration, reducing prospecting time, costs, and risks. Detecting VOCs escaping from Earth’s surface also enables the P300 to identify soil contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. This detection capability can be used to monitor gas stations, industrial sites, and defense bases.
The NovaTest A1000 provides continuous online monitoring solutions, making it a useful device for occupational health and safety monitoring and fenceline monitoring. The A1000 can sample and analyze ambient air autonomously and alert users when target compounds exceed a certain threshold. This can be used to ensure OSHA regulations are being met and to protect the safety of employees. Because of its ability to operate remotely, the A1000 can also be used for fenceline monitoring to ensure EPA emissions regulations are met and to protect the safety of surrounding communities. Continuous, real-time analysis provides immediate feedback, making it possible to respond quickly to minimize damages when leaks or other problems are detected.