The National Energy Research Report of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action features an article about the contribution of the Meter‑Q Solutions GmbH to Get‑H2, which is a subproject of the German federal flagship research project TransHyDE. You can read the whole article about meterQ on page 21 of the report:
The gas chromatographs (PGCs) from meterQ can be used for any measurement scenario up to and including Ex Zone 1, for custody transfer and normal process measurements of natural gas, biogas, hydrogen and natural gas hydrogen mixtures. This also applies when custody transfer gas analysis is required to meet the ever louder demands for the reduction of climate-damaging natural gas emissions. With the MGCdirect, meterQ now manages to reduce emissions by a factor of 10 compared to an average PGC installation. The compact measuring system of the MGC series is mounted as a transmitter in a small weatherproof box directly above the tapping point on the pipeline, which means that there is no distance between the analyzer and the gas line. This conditions are ideal for fast-response measurement. In the interest of climate protection, a special sampling system is used that transports the gas needed for analysis to the pressure reduction unit and feeds the rest of the gas back into the pipe via a double walled sampling probe. In this respect, the gas exchange takes place very quickly. The loop in turn makes it possible to dispense with a bypass. Compared to conventional PGCs, this leads to a 95% reduction in process gas emissions.
In addition to that, the concept offers users a very fast response time with regard to changes in gas quality. This makes the device suitable for all scenarios in which rapid detection of changes in gas quality is essential.
No special analyzer shelter necessary
Another advantage over classic installations is that a special analyzer house is no longer required for use. Only the operating gases (carrier gas and calibration gas) need to be available in the vicinity of the MGCdirect. For indoor installations, a conventional gas supply unit is sufficient for this purpose. For outdoor designs, a heated cabinet and a heated calibration gas line are required. It eliminates the need for the typically much longer heated sample gas line in classic installations. Between cabinet and electrical room, only the laying of one Ethernet cable is necessary.
We will be present with a booth at the German GAT 2023 trade fair in Cologne. Take the opportunity to visit us. The years 2022 and 2023 have been eventful and have had a strong impact on the entire industry.
Most notably, the topic of hydrogen is in the spotlight, but also the reduction of natural gas emissions in measurement technology has never been talked about to the extent of the last two years. Other topics, such as the new upswing of biogas plants feeding into the natural gas grid and the construction of LNG terminals almost fade into the background.
We at meterQ have taken up these new challenges and will inform you about the solutions we can offer. It starts at the quality measurement of hydrogen for injection or in transport pipelines. We offer natural gas analysis systems that are suitable and approved for custody transfer use and at the same time work so fast that they can be used in blending plants and for threshold monitoring of the measured components in the ppm range. The portfolio is rounded off by the first solution that allows PGCs and other measuring instruments to be operated without bypass (emissions) and without having to accept any measurement delay.
Close to Christmas it is time to look back at the year 2022. The year was unique and uniquely successful for meterQ.
It all started with the approvals for MGCflex, MGCflex‑m and MGCdirect. PTB for the first time approved a mobile device for custody transfer, the MGCflex‑m. This was followed by the MGCdirect, our answer to the requirement for reduction of climate-damaging natural gas emissions in custody transfer gas analysis. The MGCdirect manages to reduce emissions by a factor of 10 (!) compared to an average PGC installation.
In spring, we completed the final audit for qualification according to Module D for production and quality management. meterQ is now allowed to commision our custody transfer gas analyzers according to Module D without the presence of a representative of a conformity assessment body (usually from the Weights and Measures Office).
We used the rest of the year to get recognized as state-approved test center for gas. After a number of journeys across the country, we are today state-approved test center for gas in: Hesse, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Region North, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Badem-Württemberg and Bavaria.
In 2022, we are proud to have laid all foundations for entry into custody transfer gas analysis in Germany but also in the international market. On top of that, we have further improved our instruments and are already working on another approval for a natural gas analyzer as well as a custody transfer hydrogen analyzer for the future.
We at meterQ wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
After 5 days of exhibiting at ACHEMA in the Research and Innovations section in Hall 6.0 Booth A36 at the TransHyDE booth we are absolutely overwhelmed by the response. TransHyDE is one of the three flagship projects of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to pave the way for the coming hydrogen infrastructure. Als Teilnehmer des Teilprojekts GET H2 von TransHyDE durften wir unsere bis jetzt gewonnen Forschungsergebnisse vorstellen und natürlich auch helfen, das Gesamtprojekt vorzustellen. The interest in the topic hydrogen but also especially in our MGChydrogen was huge, so that we can call this fair a 100% success.
meterQ has successfully commissioned the MGCdirect for custody transfer gas quality measurement. This is the first installation of its kind, and it is a first step in the direction of reducing emissions in gas quality determination. A single installation by itself certainly does not emit huge amounts of natural gas per day. However, one must consider that such an installation is in operation for about 15 years and that there are 1300 ‑1500 active in Germany. All in all, there is a considerable potential for saving natural gas emissions. The installation presented here is a simple, easy to implement solution to the problem.
meterQ received an order for an MGCflex for the determination of hydrogen in the range of 90 to 100% and impurities such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, ethane, propane and butane in the range up to 1000 ppm.
In the course of the German energy transition and the search for carbon-free energy sources, hydrogen is currently considered a promising fuel. The research project “COSIMa” (CO2-neutral Saint-Gobain site Herzogenrath — feasibility studies) deals with the investigation of the conversion of a glass production site to hydrogen. In this context, various burner tests and measurement campaigns are to be carried out at the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V. on the institute’s own test facilities. For this purpose, various natural gas/hydrogen mixtures are produced and used to fire the burners.
Precise knowledge of the fuel gas composition or the hydrogen content is a necessary prerequisite for successful experimentation. The “COSIMa” project is supported by funds from the state of NRW.
The MGCdirect by meterQ has received PTB approval. The MGCdirect thus completes the MGC family.
The MGCflex and the MGCmobile had already received PTB approval in February 2022. The MGCmobile is the first mobile gas composition measurement with PTB approval. The MGCdirect is the first PGC in the world that can be installed in a protective box with the sample preparation and sampling probe directly on the sample gas line.
The advantage is that the transport of the gas from the processing plant to the MGC is only a few centimeters. This means that the bypass for purging the dead time can be dispensed with. This saves up to 97% of natural gas emissions per metering point. Within 45 seconds, the MGCdirect delivers a representative analysis result without bypass. In addition to the classic natural gas components, the analysis also includes hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.
A new milestone in the development of the company Meter‑Q Solutions GmbH: Mr. Ulf Lehmann was appointed test center manager (Prüfstellenleiter) and Dr. Jan Suhr deputy test center manager (stellvertretender Prüfstelleneiter) by the Hessische Eichdirektion.
Thus meterQ now also offers services in the field of fiscal verification of calorific value measuring instruments, process gas chromatographs, calorific value calorimeters, as well as the handling of certified test gases.
meterQ will be exhibiting at Achema in Frankfurt from Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, 2022, at the TransHyDE project booth (Hall 6.0, Booth A3). We are looking forward to you and insteresting discussions about custody transfer gas quality measurements of 100% hydrogen and its impurities in the ppm range with our MGChydrogen