Rapid expansion of the PIGC scalable grids and the underlying analysis system will create a formidable entry barrier for competitors. But, as discussed above, the primary challenge is acceptance.
The first step, now accomplished, was to demonstrate the sensor performance. The next step was to gather dedicated partners in all the key subsystem technologies, optical engineering, detectors, plume modeling, wireless communication, energy company service, and solar power (see PPT document for details and partners names). We are now in the third step, designing and developing a Beta version sensor with National Institute of Optics (INO) in order to test, demonstrate and validate performance and applications benefits through independent laboratory at the U. of Wisconsin SSEC as well as at the TCCON sites operated by CalTech. This will be in parallel with technologydemonstration at NG extraction sites in collaboration with energy companies, including Julander Energy and Chevron that see potential interest in our service and are ready to help with development, testing, and implementation.
We are also in discussion with Alberta’s Emerging Technologies Industries Branch, as well as Australia CSIRO for opportunities in open-pit mines monitoring.