Thermal mass flow meters provide accurate natural gas flow measurement and monitoring in five noteworthy applications, including tracking natural gas usage within a facility, submetering for cost allocations, burner and air/fuel ratio to optimize combustion efficiency, and requiring air and gas flow rate monitoring at compressor stations.
- Facilities Monitoring
- Sub Metering
- Departmental Billing
- Burner Control and Air/Fuel Ratio Control
- Oil and gas exploration processing and production
Whether the cost of natural gas is high or low, natural gas is a resource, and it is vital to determine consumption by measuring the main gas line coming into a facility.
With a thermal mass flow meter and accompanying data gathering and analysis tools, facility managers can track natural gas usage within the facility on a minute-by-minute basis. The Sage thermal mass flow meters incorporate continuous totalization (up to 12 digits), as well as gas temperature measurement. Additionally, the meters provide a pulsed output of totalized flow.
Submetering and Department Billing
Many plants use multiple meters throughout a facility to evaluate plant efficiency. By sub-metering, facility managers can determine exactly how much natural gas each department uses, allowing them to assign costs more accurately.
Burner Control and Air/Fuel Ratio Control
Metering natural gas at the burner allows proper air/fuel ratio control which optimizes combustion efficiency, lowers fuel consumption, improves product quality, and decreases harmful emissions.
Oil and Gas Exploration Processing and Production
There are several applications at natural gas compressor stations requiring flow measurement, most importantly measuring the gas flow to the engine driving the compressor and seal leakage for environmental and preventative maintenance purposes. Other applications are gas flow to the engine, fugitive emissions, and compressed air, which is used to start the compressors. Here, air is forced through the large compressors to begin their rotation before fuel and ignition.
Thermal mass flow meters offer many essential features needed for natural gas flow measurement in these applications, including a 100 to 1 turndown ratio, the ability to measure mass flow without the need for external temperature and pressure devices, the absence of moving parts and the long-term stability of reference grade sensors.
Visit Natural Gas – An Application Guide for Thermal Mass Flow Meters for more insight into the applications for natural gas fuel.