Houston, TX, December 22, 2014 – Houston-based technology company, Rebellion Photonics, is one of eleven project teams chosen to receive funding as part of the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) MONITOR program. The MONITOR program focuses on reducing methane emissions associated with energy production to build a more sustainable energy future.
Of the $30 Million allocated to the MONITOR program, Rebellion Photonics will receive $4.25 million to develop a Portable Imaging Spectrometer for Methane Leak Detection. The company will miniaturize a long wavelength infrared imaging spectrometer that is lightweight and highly portable. The image will contain multiple bands of spectral data for detection and characterization of methane leaks. The data will be processed using a cloud-based computing architecture that will stream results to mobile devices. The imager’s low cost and high portability will allow for widespread deployment while mobile integration will provide increased awareness of leaks for faster leak repair.
The ARPA-E funded project will use similar technology as Rebellion’s unique Gas Cloud Imaging (GCI) camera currently being used for safety and emissions monitoring on oil rigs and refineries. The GCI uses hyperspectral technology to identify and quantify chemical releases in real-time.
Rebellion Photonics is an award-winning technology company based in Houston, TX servicing the oil & gas industry with a suite of products for gas protection. Rebellion Photonics was named Wall Street Journal’s Start-up of the Year in 2013.