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Foothills and Heise Create a Precision Partnership

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Nov 10, 2017 2:04:51 PM

Foothills Industrial Products an energy supply company for Western Canada adds Heise to their repertoire.

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Topics: Foothills Industrial Products, Western Canada, Ashcroft Inc., high precision instrumentation, pressure and test calibration, high-quality products, Heise, pressure instrumentation, pressure and temperature instrumentation

Natural Gas Vs. Wind Electricity

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Oct 30, 2017 2:48:11 PM

Energy is a crucial part of our everyday lives, and that fact is often overlooked by those who are not involved in the energy industry. However, there is a growing awareness among the general population about the importance of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Due to concerns such as these, and despite hefty prices, renewable sources of energy are growing in popularity. This leads us to question if the timing is right to introduce a higher percentage of renewables, such as wind, to Canada’s energy mix? This piece attempts to provide an educated and unbiased response to that question based upon factual information gathered regarding both natural gas and wind electricity.

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Topics: energy, natural gas, levelized energy costs, renewable natural gas, wind electricity, wind turbine, wind farm, commercial turbine, unaccounted for gas

Looking For a Compact Odorization System?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Oct 20, 2017 1:28:28 PM

 

It had been a few months since Steve’s last (and very productive) visit and Rob was counting down the minutes. He was facing quite the conundrum he was looking for advice on.

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Topics: Welker, Calgary, Alberta, odorizer, odorization system, low-cost odorant injection system, essentials injection odorizer, portable odorizing system, pickle lines

Natural Gas Vs. Hydro Electricity

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Sep 14, 2017 1:45:24 PM

Energy- we as consumers need it to survive. The demand for energy in our modern world is ever-increasing. The pursuit now involves finding the most efficient, reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly options available. Renewables are growing in popularity for obvious reasons but they do come at a high price. On a related note, did you know that Canada is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world? This substantial fact leads us to the question of increasing our hydro production even further. Currently, natural gas remains our nations highest utilized energy source, as seen in the chart below. This post aims to explore the various reasons to continue using natural gas to a higher degree, as opposed to increasing renewables such as hydropower.

 

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Energy East, hydroelectricity, hydropower, hydro, canada, renewables, vancouver, hydroelectric plant, renewable natural gas

Looking for Fast and Accurate Gas Quality Measurement?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Aug 31, 2017 2:34:49 PM

This real-time natural gas analyzer is an innovative gas measuring device that specializes in gas quality. The quality of gas is very important to measure for many applications, many of which require instant notification of changes to avoid potential issues. Gas turbines are one example of a highly sensitive engine that requires gas parameters to be perfectly regulated to run smoothly.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Elster-Honeywell, gas quality, burner control, gas blending, elster gaslab, calibration, gas analyzer, gaslab, gas turbines, fiscal metering, biogas, calorific value, wobbe index, low maintenance analyzer, measuring gas quality

Natural Gas Vs. Solar Electricity

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Aug 18, 2017 1:59:40 PM

 A contentious issue globally, and within the energy industry in particular, is the need to reduce our carbon footprint by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. One way to address this concern is by incorporating more clean energy into our energy mix. As shown in the chart below Canada’s current energy mix reveals that natural gas provides 34% of our energy needs and solar energy is included in the 6.1% along with other renewables. This is a significant difference and leads us to question whether more solar energy should be incorporated into the mix. This post attempts to guide consumers to a conclusion by contrasting the benefits of using natural gas versus solar energy.

 

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Topics: Calgary, energy, natural gas, renewable energy, non-renewable energy, solar power, solar vs natural gas, carbon footprint, greenhouse gases, clean energy, photovoltaic, levelized energy costs, natural gas efficiency, solar panels efficiency, energy consumption, solar electricity

The 3 Steps: To An Automated 'Pulse' By-Pass System

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jul 17, 2017 1:16:42 PM

Are you tired of wasting time sending an operator to manually open or close the gas line? Our Pulse Bypass Odorization System is an automatic option.

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Topics: Welker, Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada, odoreyes, odorization, odorization system, solenoids, controller, by-pass system, odorant, pulse bypass system

Pressure Regulators Vs. Control Valves - Best for Pressure Control?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jun 20, 2017 2:38:47 PM

It was a typical week so far in the reg shop, and business had been steady so far for spring. Steve, the Regional Engineer, was in town and was set to arrive momentarily to get Rob’s advice with next year’s station designs. Rob was recently promoted to Operations Manager but he didn’t quite feel like he had enough experience yet, and was a bit uneasy about his new position. Steve on the other hand, was a seasoned P. Eng, known for making great recommendations that have successfully improved efficiency. Rob was looking forward to working with him for the first time and was hopeful for some great ideas for future improvements.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Western Canada, Alberta, pressure regulators, control valves, pilot operated regulator, pressure control, PF regulator, pressure regulator

What You Need to Know About the Q.Sonic Gas Meter by Elster-Honeywell

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jun 5, 2017 2:21:01 PM

The Q.Sonic gas meter by Elster Instromet has been around for a few years but has recently been added to our repertoire (since the acquisition of Elster to Honeywell) and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This gas meter is truly exceptional and has the ability to greatly improve customer experience with ease of use and masterful precision. Elster is a known leader in ultrasonic flow metering with over 30 years of industry experience.

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Topics: Western Canada, Honeywell, RABO rotary gas meter, Q.Sonic Meter, Ultrasonic meters, Elster Instromet, ultrasonic, Elster-Honeywell, Q.Sonic plus, Q.Sonic, 6-path meter, ultrasonic gas meter, Calgary, gas products, natural gas measurement

Why We Are Still Raving About The RABO

Posted by Melanie Takacs on May 5, 2017 1:15:00 PM

A continuation from “Rockin RABO Meter” blog…

A quick recap, back in January Joe and his buddy Daryl were excited to get their hands on the new RABO (Rotary-All-By-One) meter by Elster Honeywell. Their current stock of Elster meters was missing something…based on experience from past sites:

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Topics: Calgary, Alberta, Analytical Measurement, Alberta, Honeywell, RABO, RABO rotary gas meter, Elster, Rotary-All-By-One, high accuracy, rotary gas meter, high maximum operating pressure, high precision, gas meters, positive displacement, gas distribution, low pressure drop, RPM, IRM, Honeywell Elster, competitive price

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