Fugro has patented a system for detecting hydrocarbons in water sources, including deep-sea seeps. The system includes a measurement module with pumps, a mass spectrometer, and a timing calibration bag for accurate analysis. This innovation allows for efficient in-situ sampling and analysis of hydrocarbons in water bodies. GlobalData’s report on Fugro gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Fugro, Marine seismic data acquisition was a key innovation area identified from patents. Fugro's grant share as of January 2024 was 45%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Hydrocarbon measurement module for analyzing water samples

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Fugro NV

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11841353B2) discloses a hydrocarbon measurement module designed for accurate analysis of predetermined hydrocarbons in water samples. The module includes a main loop for water circulation, a sensing loop for sample analysis, and a mass spectrometer for detecting hydrocarbons. A timing calibration bag with certified hydrocarbon solutions ensures precise calibration during in-situ testing, while sensitivity calibration bags aid in determining the mass spectrometer's sensitivity to different hydrocarbon components. The module also features a delay coil for optimized sample analysis timing and a controller for efficient operation.

Moreover, the patent extends to an underwater vehicle equipped with the hydrocarbon measurement module, enabling hydrocarbon detection in aquatic environments. The vehicle includes additional features like a sonar for detecting hydrocarbon seeps near the seabed and various calibration bags for accurate sensitivity calibration. The method outlined in the patent involves pumping water through the main loop, analyzing samples in the sensing loop using a mass spectrometer, and conducting in-situ timing calibrations with certified hydrocarbon solutions. The method ensures precise detection of predetermined hydrocarbons in water samples, particularly in underwater environments where accurate measurements are crucial for environmental monitoring and resource management.

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