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Duke Energy, Microsoft & Accenture Come Together To Develop A Unique Methane-Emissions Monitoring Platform

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Duke Energy is working with Accenture and Microsoft (MSFT) to develop a unique technology platform designed to measure actual baseline methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems. The news platform will provide near-real-time data collection, allowing Duke Energy’s field response teams to rapidly identify and repair methane leaks. The cloud-hosted platform will identify, track and prioritize data associated with leaks using advanced detection methods such as fixed-wing aircraft, satellites, and ground-level sensing technology.

The sensor technology will be equipped to detect levels of methane emissions that current technology may not identify. The new platform will further enhance the company’s drive toward net-zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030. Duke Energy anticipates implementing its methane-monitoring platform by October 2021.

Duke Energy began testing satellites for detecting leaks on its natural gas system in 2020. The company revealed that satellite detection has the potential to be more accurate and a prudent way to locate leaks in comparison to traditional leak survey methods such as aerial and foot patrols.

To design the Microsoft Azure-based platform equipped to handle a huge volume of data from different sources, Accenture in collaboration with Avanade, its joint venture with Microsoft will use its experience in artificial intelligence, analytics, and cloud computing.

“We are looking forward to contributing to this collaboration with Duke Energy, Accenture and Avanade in supporting Duke Energy’s progress to net-zero methane by 2030. This is a great example of innovation and collaboration coming together to enable industries to more accurately detect, calculate and report on emissions and take action,” stated Darryl Willis, Microsoft corporate vice president of energy and sustainability.

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(Read Original Story: Duke Energy teams with Accenture and Microsoft to develop first-of-its-kind methane-emissions monitoring platform in PR Newswire)


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