Google has installed a methane detection system developed by the Environmental Defense Fund with input from biologist Joe von Fischer into its Street View cars. The information the cars gathered is being shared with utility companies, which used to spend millions on finding and fixing methane leaks each year.
“We can find leaks, but they are tough to quantify, and what we hadn’t been able to do is prioritize based on leak size,” says Donald Chahbazpour, National Grid’s director of climate change compliance.
Google is also already working on installing other air quality sensors. “The EDF partnership showed it was possible and could have impact,” says Google’s Tuxen-Bettman. “We intend to go bigger in the future.”CleanTechnica
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