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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

Where Would We Be Without...Petroleum Products?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Apr 20, 2017 2:55:48 PM

Picture this…you wake up in the morning with the “beep, beep, beep” annoying sound of your morning alarm going off at 6:15am. You lazily hit the snooze button a couple of times, then decide to face the inevitable and get your butt out of bed. You stumble out of bed and reach for your eyeglasses, so you can see where you’re going, as you make your way to the bathroom. Five quick minutes in the shower with some shampoo and soap, you’re now wide awake and smelling fresh. You then pick up your toothbrush, squeeze some toothpaste and brush those pearly whites. You quickly spray on some deodorant, change into work wear and hastily put some gel in your hair, you are now ready to roll! With 30 minutes of driving in your truck, you arrive at your work’s location where you quickly rush to make that cup of joe, right before your morning meeting.

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Topics: Alberta Oil & Gas, pipelines, Energy East, Trans Mountain, Pacific Northwest LNG, Transcanada, petroleum products, oil and gas industry, healthcare, Canadians, quality of life, Canadian jobs, energy industry, Keystone XL, Line 3, Canadian pipelines, Canadian oil, consumer goods, crude oil

TDS For Peace of Mind

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 27, 2017 2:14:55 PM

 

“I’m not feeling too great today.” Daryl moaned to himself. He was quite nauseous and this was, unfortunately, the time when he typically clocked four-five days on the road. This is going to be a long couple of days! Hopefully, this horrible feeling passes.

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Topics: TDS, total data services, real-time notifications, security, utility, data collection system, best in class, IT infrastructure, smart metering, affordable, security and IT infrastructure, ERX, CNI2, meter data management

I Can Be Your Hero! Find Out Why

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 21, 2017 2:52:38 PM

 Rick was stuck in a tough spot; his team was overwhelmed with work and he could use some extra help, but unfortunately there wasn’t any money in the budget to hire new staff.

Not only were they being worked to the bone with station overhauls, new construction projects, and annual maintenance inspections, but what was really killing their productivity was the hours of windshield time required to cover their vast territory.

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Topics: Western Canada, save time and money, remote monitoring, remote monitoring system, OmniMetrix, Strom sense, OmniView, test station, pipelines, Cathodic Protection, Hero Rectifier Monitor, Patriot Test Station, Stormsense, pipeline industry, pipeline lifetime, operations and maintenance, hero

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