Dr. Azer Yalin a mechanical engineering professor at Colorado State University, along with co-founder, Steve Elms, will present their technology and startup company, mAIRsure at the annual Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge, sponsored by The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA).

As one of 12 companies asked to present at the Challenge, Yalin and Elms will discuss their new technology for detecting trace levels of methane in the air. The laser based sensor may be mounted on work trucks as well as unmanned aerial systems (UAS, aka drones) to detect methane emissions with high sensitivity. mAIRsure is focused on offering a service that routinely monitors methane levels of oil and gas fields without requiring any personnel or special vehicles to be sent into the field.

CCIA developed the Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge in partnership with Noble Energy, Encana and ConocoPhillips to assist the extractive energy industry in identifying new technologies to make energy development safer, cleaner and more environmentally responsible. After a broad call for applications, the partners selected 12 companies, nine of which are U.S. based, with three joining the program from Canada. Finalists are invited to pitch their technology to investors and decision-makers from the oil and natural gas industries.

The companies responding to the Challenge were asked to present innovative technologies capable of working on issues related to unmanned aerial vehicles, the internet of things/digital oilfield, items to reduce truck traffic, space saving items to reduce footprint, plant or biological solutions, air (especially methane detection or control), water, remote/distributed power, power management, advanced materials and chemicals.

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