Quantifying GHGs and Ammonia Fluxes in Soil to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

A large proportion of GHGs and ammonia are emitted from agricultural soils. Finding ways to reduce these agriculture-induced emissions has the potential to mitigate climate change and air pollution. This blog will describe how the combination of the Picarro G2508 five-species gas concentration analyzer and the Eosense eosAC Automated Soil Flux Chamber is helping researchers understand and advance climate-smart agriculture.

January 5, 2023

Gas Utilities Seek Digital Solutions to Reduce Methane Emissions and Ensure Public Safety

Gas operators are increasingly being challenged to reduce methane emissions, and to do so in a continuous, verifiable way. This challenge at its most extreme has some cities recently banning natural gas in new construction. Further, as the infrastructure ages, gas operators face challenges in managing budgets and unplanned work due to an accelerating rate of growth in the number of leaks emerging from leak-prone pipe. These pressures are driving the need to manage gas assets as cost-effectively as possible.

December 13, 2022

Addressing the Need for Fenceline and Community Monitoring of Ethylene Oxide

As regulators implement new air quality standards targeted at commercial sterilization and chemical industries, there is a growing need for precise, turn-key monitoring systems that are proven to operate long-term at the fenceline and in communities. In this new blog, Dave Miller explains how Picarro is continuing to address this need with a recent addition to its family of ethylene oxide monitoring solutions.

September 22, 2022

Controlling Workplace Exposure to Ethylene Oxide with Real-Time Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

Indoor air quality is highly correlated with the health of employees in workplaces where toxic gases are present. Companies using EtO need to adopt new monitoring approaches that provide a fast response and are specific and sensitive to low concentration levels of fugitive emissions. This new blog describes how to better monitor fugitive EtO emissions in the workplace with Picarro EtO monitoring solutions.

June 24, 2022

Formaldehyde Measurements in Northwest Oregon During the 2021 Summer Wildfire Season

Jonathan Bent, Ph.D., Senior Application Scientist, Environmental Measurement Location: ORDEQ Near-road Site Tualatin, OR 45.3992°, -122.7458° Picarro’s G2307 formaldehyde (H 2 CO) and methane (CH 4 ) instrument ran during summer wildfire season in the town of Tualatin, OR at the near-road site operated by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality

January 28, 2022

Mitigating the Risk of EtO Emissions in Commercial Sterilization Operations

Ethylene oxide (EtO) is frequently used in sterilization processes, however, hazards exist from exposure to this toxic gas. This blog reviews the evolving federal rules governing source and fugitive emissions and highlights how Picarro and partners are enabling companies to monitor emissions and generate the defensible data they need to comply.

December 1, 2021

An Annual Service Plan: The Second-Best Decision You Can Make

One of the best parts of my day is seeing customers’ social posts about how and where they’re using Picarro instruments. Selecting a Picarro is the best decision you can make for your project. The second-best decision is purchasing one of our new annual service plans.

November 10, 2021

A New European Network of Young Researchers to Unveil Past Climate Changes in Antarctica

Picarro is proud to support important climate science. We are a partner of the DEEPICE project, an innovative training network in instrumentation, ice core analysis, and glaciological and climatic modelling. For their new European collaboration, we’re excited to support training schools and host an intern to assist in the development of analytical methods for ice core measurements that will answer key questions about the impact of large climate shifts on the Antarctic ice sheet.

October 13, 2021

Surrogate Gas Validation: A Safer, Easier Way to Validate Measurements of Hazardous, Corrosive, and Reactive Trace Gases

High-precision trace gas measurements are required for a range of environmental research questions and for many industrial applications. However, hazardous, corrosive, and reactive gases can be difficult to trace, and the accuracy of standard gas concentrations can be unreliable. To solve this problem, Picarro has developed a method of surrogate gas validation for ammonia, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen fluoride, and formaldehyde.

September 9, 2021

Investigating the Effect of Climate Change on Ecosystems by Imitating Future Environmental Conditions

To investigate how plant growth will be affected in the future, ecologists and plant biologists have setup Free-Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) facilities in various ecosystems around the world that imitate elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. A Picarro G2508 is being used at a FACE facility in Germany to investigate the response of a semi-natural grassland to changing environmental conditions.

July 26, 2021

Ed Wahl, 20 Years a Picarroan!

Google “Laser-Based Diagnostics of Diamond Synthesis Reactors” and one of the first things you’ll see is Ed Wahl’s Stanford PhD thesis from 2001. Back then he was applying Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) to measure absolute CH 3 and CH radical concentrations and temperatures in a hot-filament CVD (HFCVD) reactor. Today

March 4, 2021

Evaluating the Claims of Hydrogen Peroxide Generators to Minimize COVID-19 Transmission

Hydrogen peroxide has a long history as a pharmaceutical sterilizer at high concentrations, and the claim by these manufacturers is that extremely low levels of hydrogen peroxide (10-20ppb or 0.01ppm) will attract and kill viral particles while not impacting human health. Instead of just treating air as it returns, these solutions seek to keep a constant low level of hydrogen peroxide in all habitable areas of a building.

November 2, 2020

The Ozone Has Its Day

September 16 is World Ozone Day. This year celebrates 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of global ozone layer protection. In honor of World Ozone Day, we’re taking a look back over the last decade at some of the important work customers all over the world have done using our gas analyzers to measure greenhouse gases in support of ozone research.

September 16, 2020

Could Hospital Sterilization Be Making Employees Sick?

In the battle against infectious disease, sterilization of medical instrumentation is one of the most important steps to keeping patients safe. Various methods are used in modern hospitals to sterilize equipment, from steam sterilization to hydrogen peroxide.

September 15, 2020

Quantifying Ethylene Oxide, an historically essential, but hazardous gas

Developing a regulatory and industrial mitigation response to ethylene oxide emissions (C 2 H 4 O / EtO) poses a centuries old scientific challenge – how do we fix a problem that we cannot measure? The understanding of infectious agents has come a long way since Ignaz Semmelweis first introduced

July 13, 2020

A fully integrated solution for soil flux measurements in flooded terrain

One of our most popular pairings for a fully integrated soil flux measurement solution is Picarro’s G2000 series analyzers with Eosense’s eosAC Flux Chamber and eosMX Multiplexer. In this application, we see how our G2508 greenhouse gas analyzer is used with Eosense’s eosAC automated chambers and a modified, insulated enclosure for continuous measurements in periodically inundated fields. We’d like to thank Dr. Whendee L. Silver, Ph.D. candidate Tyler L. Anthony, and the Ecosystem Science Division team at University of California, Berkeley, USA for their contributions in this deployment. Enjoy!

May 28, 2020