DOE: Innovative Methane Measurement, Monitoring, and Mitigation Technologies

Sponsor Deadline: 

Oct 18, 2022


US Department of Energy

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This funding opportunity announcement has five (5) areas of interest: 

  • Mitigation of Methane Emissions from Upstream/Midstream Sources  
  • Surface-based Methane Monitoring and Measurement Network Pilot Demonstration  
  • Basin-Specific Methane Emissions Inventory via Field Assessments  
  • Integrated Methane Monitoring Platform Design  
  • Storage Tank Emissions Assessment and Quantification (STEAQ) 

On August 5 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $32 million in funding toward the research and development of new monitoring, measurement, and mitigation technologies to help detect, quantify, and reduce methane emissions across oil and natural gas producing regions of the United States. After carbon dioxide, methane is the most abundant greenhouse gas (GHG) warming our planet, and methane emissions contribute significantly to the GHG intensity of natural gas. The projects awarded through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will help ensure an efficient, resilient, and leak-tight U.S. natural gas infrastructure, while supporting President Biden’s national goal to cut global methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030.    

The United States has more than two million active, abandoned, or repurposed wells, as well as its oil and natural gas pipeline network, compressor stations, and other oil and gas infrastructure that emit approximately 8 million tonnes of methane annually. Significant progress has been made over the past decade for detecting and quantifying methane emissions at the source using surface-based technologies like hand-held measurement devices and vehicle-based detection sensors, but these technologies cannot quickly assess large areas. Other technologies, such as atmospheric sensing equipment, attached to satellites or manned and unmanned aircraft, can better estimate the volume of methane emissions across wide areas, but these measurements are typically less accurate than surface-based methods.    

Selected projects under this funding announcement will help to advance networks of surface-based methane sensor technologies for more timely monitoring of methane emissions across large areas of oil- and natural gas-producing basins. Other projects under this funding opportunity will design an integrated methane monitoring platform that will enable early detection and improved quantification of methane emissions along the entire natural gas supply chain to advance the accuracy of methane emissions estimates.