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GHGSat Unveils Satellite Imagery

Montreal, Quebec, MAY 23, 2017 – Today, GHGSat unveiled sample imagery from its demonstration satellite, Claire. GHGSat has detected emissions of methane, an important greenhouse gas, from a hydroelectric facility under construction in Africa. GHGSat is making sample imagery and data for this facility available for evaluation by qualified parties.

Claire captures an array of over 200,000 atmospheric measurements around an industrial facility in a few seconds. These measurements are processed to produce imagery showing a “heat map” of greenhouse gas concentrations from the facility.

Using weather data and the retrieved array of greenhouse gas concentrations, GHGSat can estimate the rate at which an industrial facility releases greenhouse gases into the air. Flooding of hydroelectric reservoirs in tropical regions causes organic matter to decompose, often producing methane, which is then emitted into the air as water is released from the reservoir. The amount of methane emitted typically decreases over time, and varies with the amount of water released from the reservoir. GHGSat will collect local data in the coming weeks to further validate its measurements, and perform additional satellite measurements of the facility to monitor emissions rates over time.

“GHGSat has been reviewing measurements of various facilities with customers for several months. Today’s unveiling is intended to facilitate collaboration with and evaluation by qualified parties such as academic and government institutions,” said Stéphane Germain, President and CEO of GHGSat. “We are excited by the unique insights Claire’s data can provide, and want to raise awareness of GHGSat’s services around the world.”

GHGSat will present technical details of its imagery and system at several upcoming international conferences. Further details and information on how to access GHGSat’s sample data can be found at the following link.

GHGSat Announces 1000th Measurement – Two Months Ahead of Schedule

GHGSat announced this week during the “Space in Canada” panel at the 33rd Space Symposium that it has performed its 1000th measurement with its demonstration satellite, “Claire”. This particular measurement is of a landfill in Japan.

This milestone was reached more than two months ahead of schedule, and validates an important element of GHGSat’s business case. GHGSat announced earlier this year that it has ordered two more satellites, based in part on successful performance demonstrations like this one.

GHGSat continues to measure carbon dioxide and methane emissions from sites around the world, including oil & gas facilities, power stations, coal mines, landfills, animal feedlots, and other sources. GHGSat has been delivering data products and services to customers for several months.

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GHGSat Orders New Satellites

GHGSat has started work on two new satellites, called GHGSat-C1 and GHGSat-C2. The satellites will share the same design but will stagger manufacturing for planned launches in H2 2018 and H1 2019. These satellites are indicative of the strong market response to GHGSat products and services in just 8 months after launch of GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, Claire.

GHGSat’s new satellites will provide significant performance improvements with only incremental design changes from GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, benefiting directly from lessons learned from on-orbit experience. Both new satellites with feature a spatial resolution of < 25 m, measurement precision targeting 1% of background for methane, and improvements in detection thresholds for both methane and carbon dioxide. The additional capacity and improved performance provided by these new satellites will enable GHGSat to expand services and reinforce GHGSat’s position as the only proven source of facility-level GHG emission data available from satellites for years to come.

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Claire Makes 500th Measurement!

On 09 December 2016, Claire performed her 500th measurement – this time of a cement plant in South Africa. All satellite systems continue to operate normally, and GHGSat plans to double Claire’s measurement rate as of early 2017.

As we reach the end of 2016, GHGSat celebrates an exciting year by offering some samples of images collected by Claire in orbit and analyzed by the team on the ground.

The first set of images below is from summer 2016, during Claire’s commissioning.

  • “Raw” images from Claire are two-dimensional surface images overlaid with circular absorption lines corresponding to carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere in the field of view of the image. One of the first such images was taken over the Arabian desert (left panel), and clearly confirmed that Claire’s primary instrument had survived launch and was performing as expected.
  • GHGSat must be able to geo-reference measurements with sufficient precision to identify facilities of interest. One of GHGSat’s first efforts is shown below for a hydroelectric reservoir in Canada (middle panel). Again, this test confirmed GHGSat’s ability to meet specifications.
  • A successful measurement of emissions from any site requires tracking of the site for an extended period of time. An early tracking test over an animal feedlot (right panel) verified that Claire’s attitude determination and control system exceeded specifications.

The second set of images below illustrates several steps of GHGSat post-processing. These images are from a measurement of an Australian coal mine in early November, 2016.

  • The left panel is the raw image from Claire. Note that the raw image in the left panel is approximately inverted compared to the right-hand panel.
  • GHGSat’s retrieval algorithms produce several outputs, including geo-referenced surface reflectance as shown in the right-hand image.

One of the significant insights from these images is that the same features are readily recognizable in both images – demonstrating successful performance of GHGSat retrieval algorithms.

The same retrieval algorithms that generate the surface reflectance image such as the one shown above also generate carbon dioxide and methane data. GHGSat is currently providing interim deliveries of gas retrievals to customers, and plans to release data publicly in early 2017.

Our team is excited for the year ahead, and we wish all our readers a wonderful Holiday Season!

GHGSat Partners with Boeing and C-Core

On October 25th, 2016, Boeing, GHGSat and C-Core unveiled partnering efforts to advance remote sensing technologies in Canada.remotesensingpartners

Some of the specific efforts unveiled include:

  • Offering of GHGSat products and services to Boeing customers
  • Deploying two new ground stations with C-Core in support of small satellite constellations, including GHGSat satellites

GHGSat is proud to work with these two strong partners to accelerate the deployment of greenhouse gas monitoring services worldwide.

GHGSat Passes Operational Milestone

In a just a few weeks since the successful launch of its first satellite, GHGSat has already performed over 100 measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sites around the world.

GHGSat-D (Claire) has measured oil & gas facilities, power plants, coal mines, landfills, and even animal feedlots – and measurements have been performed on every continent.


Satellite commissioning was completed within one month of launch. Commissioning procedures confirmed that all systems and instruments were operating normally.

Initial imagery is currently being shared with customers, and samples will be made public in the coming weeks.

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Claire Reaches Orbit!

GHGSat’s first satellite was successfully launched at 23:56 EDT on 21 June 2016, and reached its planned orbit less than 30 minutes later. The GHGSat team will be conducting post-launch commissioning procedures through July 2016, and expects to release initial images from Claire before the end of the summer.