UGT partners with Eosense to offer worldclass soil gas instruments in Germany
February 08, 2018
Mind the methane: Measuring potent greenhouse gas emissions from aging fossil fuel sites
July 31, 2017
With $482,000 in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, Dr. Wach’s Basin & Reservoir Lab is joining forces with researchers at St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX), University of New Brunswick (UNB), University of Waterloo and industry partners like Eosense to tackle the Gas Seepage Project (GaSP) — the first of its kind in Canada. It’s phase one of a methane mitigation initiative in the Maritimes focused on legacy sites.
Cleantech startup Eosense has found new backing from former High Liner Foods CEO Henry Demone and from St. Francis Xavier University, the institution where Eosense was born.
Moncton-based Propel ICT, a startup accelerator for Atlantic Canada companies, has announced the first companies selected for its new Growth program.
Methane Rising: A brief description of how we measured escaped methane at hydraulically fractured gas wells
Thanks to funding provided by Vanderbilt’s Discovery Grant program, our research group was able to purchase a CRDS instrument (Picarro G2201-i) and an automated chamber (Eosense eosAC) for our research. As part of my MS research (Aug 2014 – Aug 2016), we developed a new method for making precise in situ measurements of both the concentration and carbon isotopic composition of methane in soil gas by connecting a chamber to a CRDS instrument (see photo). Because of our sensitive and careful measurements, we were able to show that one of our four HVHF sites had elevated (above normal background) soil gas and atmospheric concentrations of methane. Equally important, its carbon isotopic composition indicated that the methane originated from a deep source, suggesting that the gas well is leaking. While the well seems to be leaking methane into the soil at a low rate, the methane is leaving the soil and making its way into the atmosphere, where it ultimately can contribute to climate warming.
ENTREVESTOR: Dartmouth’s Eosense gains profile with gas-detection devices
December 14, 2015
Eosense, the Dartmouth company that makes instruments to detect gases escaping from the ground, is appearing at the American Geophysical Union this week with three new products on display.
Eosense Delivers a Revolutionary Soil Carbon Dioxide Flux Sensor for Field Research
December 14, 2015
Eosense delivers the revolutionary eosFD portable soil carbon dioxide flux sensor, featuring built-in data logging and impressively low power consumption. Its standalone design enables deployment of arrays that span metres to kilometres of spatial coverage, opening up new possibilities for field researchers.
Rugged Portability from New Eosense Greenhouse Gas Soil Flux System for Field Research
December 10, 2015
Eosense, a specialist in environmental gas monitoring devices, today announces the new eosMX-P portable recirculating multiplexer alongside of the updated eosAC soil flux chamber. Both devices now offer support for the Los Gatos Research (LGR) Ultraportable Greenhouse Gas Analyzers
Revenue at Forerunner, which grew out of research conducted at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, increased 150 per cent in 2014, and was on pace to rise 80 per cent this year. The company is forecasting almost 70 per cent revenue growth in 2016..
Forerunner Research’s soil technology on brink of something big
April 01, 2015
Forerunner’s technology was developed at a St. Francis Xavier University lab run by David Risk, and is gaining traction mainly with researchers but also with energy companies. The company’s clients include University of California at Berkeley, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Exclusive: Houston energy accelerator Surge names new class of companies, rebrands
February 17, 2015
Houston-based and widely known Surge Accelerator — now named Surge Ventures LLC — has kicked off its fourth class of companies.
Forerunner Research Inc., founded by three St. Francis Xavier University grads and their earth sciences professor, David Risk, embodies the homegrown high-tech startups that Ray Ivany’s oft-cited report says this province needs more of.
The company designs and builds gas-sniffing technology, patented by the team during their tenure at the Antigonish university, at the Innovacorp entrepreneurial incubation facility in Dartmouth.
Picarro: Eosense brings membrane technology to simplify soil gas efflux measurements
October 31, 2013
This is why I am so excited by a new development out of Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia where Prof. David Risk and his students have developed a novel, ultra-simple soil chamber using membrane technology. I recently spoke with two of Prof. David Risk’s former graduate students, Nick Nickerson and Gordon McArthur, who have started a company called Eosense to bring the new chamber to the soil science community.
Forerunner Research is one of the four semi-finalists in The Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge Contest. The 2012 contest drew more than 1,000 entries, and a panel of 9 judges selected the semi-finalists. The winner of the $100,000 business grant will be announced in September. The other three semi-finalists are Livestock Water Recyling Inc., RecycleSmart Solutions Inc. and Northern Canadian Supplies Ltd.
Probes to monitor soil-source greenhouse gas emission are poised to be launched around the world to help in the fight against climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 levels. The breakthrough technology is the brainchild of Dave Risk, St. F.X. Department of Earth Sciences and the Environmental Sciences Centre, as well as his colleagues and students from St. F.X. Environmental Science Research Centre.
When your research is devoted to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it’s exciting when the technologies you’ve developed gain momentum. In Dr. Dave Risk’s Flux Lab on the StFX campus, no less than five major projects are ready to take wing.