The main differences between thermal and infrared cameras
Learn how integrated surveillance solutions will be crucial for safety, efficiency, and unified management of carbon capture projects.
The carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) market will be worth around $14.2 billion by 2030¹. The UK Government alone intends to create four CCUS clusters by this time to help the UK meet its net zero emissions target by 2050².
These four clusters could store millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, preventing it from entering the atmosphere. It also opens the door to green hydrogen, a low-carbon energy source.
Understanding the anatomy of a CCUS cluster is key to understanding their specific security, safety and operational needs. Take the UK’s HyNet North West and East Coast Clusters, which are already underway.
Spread over large geographic areas, these projects will utilise new and existing infrastructure, such as gas pipelines, hydrogen production plants, gas storage and logistics hubs. Their success will also require a multi-stakeholder approach. HyNet North West alone is supported by over 40 organisations in Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire.
This tells us that carbon capture projects will have a common requirements checklist. The ability to monitor vast areas, complex sites, industrial (and potentially hazardous) processes, large workforces, and support multi-stakeholder collaboration are just a few.
These requirements are best served by integrated security and surveillance solutions that allow a diverse range of emergency, safety and operational management systems to be monitored and controlled via a unified platform. As well as saving time and resources, this is the most effective way to achieve the levels of situational awareness necessary for protecting projects with this level of complexity.
In addition to unifying system monitoring (access control, perimeter detection, body-worn safety sensors, ANPR, analytics, etc.) for improved risk identification, integrated surveillance solutions for CCUS will help operators leverage other vital capabilities.
Three key ones will be:
For hazardous-area process monitoring, specialist technology compliant with strict safety, performance, and regulatory requirements is needed.
Certified cameras are necessary for monitoring any potentially explosive environments, whereas thermal cameras with radiometric capabilities will help detect temperature variations in pipes, equipment and storage areas that indicate a potential equipment fault or process issue.
Cameras such as these, combined with sensors dedicated to monitoring gas levels, will become commonplace to rapidly identify ‘high alert’ conditions for potential combustion scenarios.
This guide looks at a range of surveillance solutions ideally suited to monitoring and managing potentially explosive environments.