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flare.IQ Advanced Flare Control Platform
The flare.IQ Advanced Flare Control Platform combines domain knowledge from Panametrics, a Baker Hughes business, with its proven track record in flare gas flow measurement. Our flare.IQ solution reduces methane emissions, ensures high-efficiency flare combustion, and reduces steam usage in flare systems, while Baker Hughes provides world-class controls expertise pre-programmed with all required algorithms needed to address the most difficult aspects of proper flare control.
For refiners in the United States, flare.IQ helps you meet requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Petroleum Refinery Sector Rule (RSR) Part 63.670. Even if you operate a flare in a non-regulated environment, Baker Hughes patent-pending process optimization algorithms provide near-continuous feedback on flare performance to help drive down operational costs with reduced steam and supplemental gas consumption.
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Increases efficiency of the complete flare system
Using predictive modeling, the patent-pending steam control algorithm correlates the system’s flare flow conditions to the required steam input. The correlation optimizes the steam flow to confirm that no emissions are visible at the flare. Through patented technology, flare.IQ overcomes the latency associated with the heating value (BTU) measurement using a gas chromatograph.
flare.IQ provides near-continuous feedback of the heating value in the flare gas, allowing an operator to dynamically adjust the make-up/supplemental gas flow rate to ensure the flare’s maximum burn efficiency.
Certifies compliance to RSR 63.670
flare.IQ is fully equipped with all software algorithms required to meet RSR 63.670, eliminating the need for software development. The software-based solution is housed in an easy-to-install QNX-based industrial controller that directly connects to the existing control system via Modbus TCP/IP. flare.IQ provides the control system with provisional control setpoints for make-up/supplemental gas and steam flow rates that comply with RSR 63.670.
Reduces implementation costs, time and risk
flare.IQ reduces scheduling and implementation risks enabling users to meet compliance deadlines. The pre-programmed algorithms allow the control engineer to focus on optimizing the overall operation of the flare system by reducing the need to allocate resources to program regulatory requirements.
Delivers smarter technologies for the planet
flare.IQ’s turnkey solution optimizes performance of the entire flare system. This system can help refineries meet regulatory requirements and significantly reduce the threat of methane emissions. flare.IQ also drives down operational costs by reducing steam and supplemental gas consumption.
Aligning to methane guiding principles
flare.IQ provides real-time information on flaring and how efficiently the flare burns. With steam, air, and fuel-assisted flare systems, flare.IQ can directly reduce emissions by controlling the efficiency of combustion at the flare tip. With data, operators can identify the operations that cause the greatest impact on flaring and prioritize investments to most effectively impact emissions.
Although we would prefer our customers to use Panametrics Flare meters, flare.IQ works with any ultrasonic meter and DCS system, allowing oil & gas companies to deploy the same solution at an enterprise level, regardless of the regional or local system in use. flare.IQ also supports upstream and downstream operations, including LNG facilities.
flare.IQ ensures ultrasonic meter performance in real-time when combined with a GC or Mass Spec instrument and reviewed by a Panametrics applications engineer prior to installation. flare.IQ also offers real-time CE% and Total Hydrocarbon (THC) DE.
By providing real-time data, our flare.IQ solution offers unmatched transparency when a plant experiences flare activity, including efficient combustion, NHV, and superior reporting information. This enables process engineers and operators to modify operations to improve and reduce emissions.