Monthly Archives: May 2017

Silixa to present on non-intrusive process metering at the SAIMM Water 2017 Conference on 11 July, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM Process Metering, will be presenting a case study on non-intrusive process flow metering at the Water 2017 Conference, organised by The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy on 11 July, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The case study, titled “Pervasive metering of minewater flows and process water using distributed acoustic sensor technology”, co-authored with Anglo-American, will reveal the details of a successful process flow metering job at an operating minewater treatment plant.

SAIMM is a professional institute aimed at assisting members source information about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.

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Related Links: SAIMM WATER 2017 Conference




2017-07-06T14:56:53+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Events, Front page|

Silixa to present on process flow metering for hydrometallurigcal process control at the Hydroprocess conference in Chile on 23 June, 2017

Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM Process Metering, will present on multizone metering using the intelligent distributed acoustic sensor (iDAS) at the Hydroprocess conference in Santiago de Chile on 23rd June, 2017.

Session: Session 8, Innovation, Modelling and Impurity Control in Hydrometallurgy

Time and date: 12h10m on 23 June, 2017

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Related Links: Hydroprocess ICMSE 2017


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2017-05-19T14:05:23+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Events, Front page|

Silixa’s DTS to help figure nature’s response to spiralling CO2 levels

Silixa is collaborating with the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research to fill the gaps in knowledge about climate change related to higher CO2 levels.

An outdoor laboratory has been created in a Staffordshire forest where scientists are artificially injecting CO2 into the air to study the effects of a CO2-enriched environment on trees and the ecosystem as a whole.

CO2 is the source of the carbon that plants turn into organic compounds and researchers assume that heightened levels of carbon emission may have a fertilizing effect on plants boosting growth increasing their ability to buffer climate change.

However, plants’ growth is the result of a complex interplay of multiple factors, amongst which water availability is particularly critical. Faster growing plants may draw more water than the soil can currently absorb, leading to increased soil dryness.

Silixa is helping scientists to determine the amount of water available in the soil using active distributed temperature sensing techniques (Active-DTS).

Active-DTS combines distributed temperature measurements with a heat pulse sent along the optical cable. Soil water content profiles at sub-metre scale can be extracted by analysing the heating and/or cooling phases of a several kilometre long optical cable buried in the soil.

The information provided is invaluable to researchers in finding answers to how the ecosystem will respond to increased CO2 levels and what the consequences will be.

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2017-05-08T14:57:46+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa joins forces with research institutes across Europe to increase field experience relevant to CO2 storage

A new project named ENOS (ENabling ONshore CO2 storage in Europe), uniting 29 organisations across 17 countries, was launched in September 2016 with the objective to increase field experience relevant to geological storage of CO2.

CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is a key climate-change mitigation technology and it offers a solution to bridge the gap to a low carbon future until the use of fossil fuels is discontinued. To date, some 50 Mt of CO2 has been safely stored underground. However, this represents only a small step (0.06%) towards international 2050 targets.

The project, coordinated by BRGM (France), strives to enhance the development of onshore CO2 storage as well as to improve techniques and tools that are used for site monitoring. Several field pilots in various geological settings will be studied in detail and best practices will be developed that stakeholders can rely on. In this way, ENOS will demonstrate that CO2 storage is safe and environmentally sound and increase the confidence of stakeholders and the public in CCS as a viable mitigation option.

Silixa’s fibre optic DTS and DAS monitoring systems will be installed in several field pilots. Utilising iDAS and a permanently installed fibre optic cable in a CO2 disposal or observation well, it is possible to acquire on-demand, time-lapse borehole seismic data which can describe the growth of the CO2 plume within the reservoir. Concerns over the integrity of the cap rock or the wellbore can be addressed by passively monitoring for potential micro-seismic events. A permanent DTS system can continuously monitor the injection of CO2 in real-time, detecting leaks and facilitating gas migration.

ENOS will run until August 2020.

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2017-05-02T10:25:58+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Front page, News|