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Infrared Camera from FLIR Detects SF6 Emissions

Available from FLIR Advanced Thermal Solutions - the FLIR GF306 is a one-of-a-kind infrared camera designed to help utility companies better control Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) emissions thereby preserving the environment now and for future generations.

Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is an insulation gas used in high voltage equipment. The integrity of numerous electrical substations around the world are being compromised by age, weather, and other factors. As a result, highly potent SF6 emissions are escaping from electrical transmission and distribution equipment at increasing rates. Sulfur Hexafluoride is a "Greenhouse Gas" with a global warming potential of 23,900 times that of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This has a huge economic and environmental impact.

Before FLIR Systems introduced the GF306, it was impossible for the utility industry to efficiently survey and find SF6 gas leaks in substation equipment. Earlier methods of SF6 detection required close or near contact using "sniffer" technology and probes. These methods typically are viewed to be time consuming, unsafe, or impractical for examining live high-voltage equipment.

Now, with the help of the FLIR GF306 camera, utility companies and other organizations can search for SF6 leaks across a range of substation equipment at safe distances without the need to interrupt power. Also, when utilities take advantage of the GF306 technology, they can show consumers and the public they are part of the solution to help reduce greenhouse gases.

Using a proprietary High Sensitivity Mode (HSM) - the FLIR GF306 camera is able to detect trace levels of SF6 and other harmful gas emissions against stationary backgrounds. The HSM feature makes the inspection process easier, faster, and more accurate for utility engineers and camera operators.

The FLIR GF306 takes advantage of a spectral filter that is optimized to detect SF6 and other gases and vapors. Thermally, the camera's sensitivity is <25mK when FLIR's adaptive temporal filter is engaged. The FLIR GF306 enables thermographers to quickly and easily find SF6 gas leaks from ground level whether the leaks are nearby or meters away.

Capable of scanning large areas from the ground, the FLIR GF306 camera delivers real-time, high-resolution thermal images of gas leaks. JPeg images and Mpeg 4 video formats are stored directly onto SD card media, this makes documenting and reporting of affected areas easy and efficient for utility companies. As a result, professionals can scan more equipment in less time, which maximizes their investment in leak detection technology.

For further information please contact FLIR Advanced Thermal Solutions on [email protected] or telephone +33-1-6037-0100.

Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, governmental, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a 40-year history of infrared innovation, over 100,000 systems in use worldwide, and development centres and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology.

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