The CLEANFlare Flare Stack Monitoring and control System is an AI-based, computerized image processing platform based on a multi-spectral sensor array offering analytics in both the visual and thermal fields. The solution is both elegant and efficient, offering increased control over smoke stack function, more accurate determinations of irregular cases, reduce the use of steam and improved data points for researching incidence of poor combustion efficiency.
Key features of the solution:
Detects presence of smoke within
Detects lack of pilot flame (cases where flame goes Off )
Live multi-spectral display
of the flame
Redundant 7-year video storage
Seamlessly integrated into enterprise SCADA systems, loop based connectivity, ensured cyber secure interference
Report generator for easy search of events
Client-server architecture to support multiple users
Autonomous adjustment of steam injection
99.99999% uptime is guaranteed
CLEANFlare block diagram
No downtime with flare at installation or maintenance
The CLEANFlare system is installed and maintained remotely from the flare (Class I Division 2 per IEC 60079 IEC ) and never requires that the facility shutdown production nor will it cause any disruption in facility operation. Furthermore, the optical sensors can be installed up to 1 mile from the flare stack, so they are not subjected to extreme temperatures, elevated hazard levels nor to the accumulation of soot, thus the system requires little to no maintenance and requires no special permits for installation.
CLEANFlare represents a departure from previous iterations of thermal camera and visual analytics solutions. Where earlier solutions rely upon the camera's heat sensors to draw conclusions, CLEANFlare relies on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning technology to understand the flame's behavior and to decide whether the flare emits smoke as well as if it is there at all.
Upon installation, CLEANFlare begins a brief period of autonomous configuration in which the system's image processing module studies the activity, behavior and peculiarities of a flare stack. It learns how a flare should act and behave under a variety of different circumstances and can discern between a healthy flare and an unhealthy flare. The CLEANFlare system is unaffected by either wind or inclement weather, clouds or sun. Since the system is using multispectral imaging technics, as opposed to thermal sensors, CLEANFlare is also unaffected when it is directly in line with the sun and the system continues to generate accurate measurements even when the combustion efficiency of the flare plummets.
CLEANFlare was designed to work in accordance with a strict, regulated information security paradigm.
The system was designed to meet ISO 207001 compliancy.
Water mark on all stored video
Physical protection and tamper sensors on all outdoor sensor cabinets
No data lines are shared with legacy IT systems
Optical isolation between the organization's SCADA system and the CleanFlare system.
Firewall protection, VPN from each of the sensors to system core
Access to system's visual feeds and reports are via SSL communication over web services or via dedicated client
User name and password authentication