Foresight Canada

Sensyn Accepted into Foresight Canada’s Kickstart Program!

We are delighted to announce that Sensyn Inc. has been accepted into the prestigious Kickstart Program of Foresight Canada!

This significant achievement showcases the dedication, ingenuity, and hard work of our exceptional team. Joining the ranks of the Kickstart Program grants us access to invaluable resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities that will propel our company to new heights. 

Our acceptance into Foresight Canada’s Kickstart Program serves as a powerful validation of our vision and technological advancements. It reinforces our commitment to transforming the industry and underscores the potential impact of our innovative leak detection solutions. 

Collaborating closely with the esteemed Foresight Canada team will enable us to leverage their expertise, tap into their vast network, and accelerate our growth trajectory. We are excited to embark on this journey together, pushing boundaries and achieving remarkable milestones. 

We extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us along this remarkable journey. Our dedicated team, visionary mentors, advisors, and strategic partners have played an instrumental role in shaping Sensyn’s success. 

This accomplishment fuels our passion and drives us to continuously refine our technology, exceed customer expectations, and contribute to a more sustainable future. We remain steadfast in our commitment to revolutionizing the field of leak detection and making a positive impact on pipelines and facilities worldwide. 

Stay tuned for further updates as we embark on this exciting chapter in our company’s evolution with Foresight Canada. Together, we are reshaping the landscape of leak detection and pioneering advancements that will redefine industry standards.

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Oil Spills in Canada’s Water: Available Technologies for Monitoring and Mitigating their Effects

Oil spills are a serious threat to the marine environment, and Canada’s extensive coastline makes it particularly vulnerable to such incidents. These spills can have long-lasting consequences, including damage to ecosystems, marine life, and human health. Therefore, it is crucial to have effective technologies to monitor oil spills and take prompt action to mitigate their effects. 

Here are some of the available technologies for monitoring oil spills in Canada’s water: 

  1. Satellite Imagery: Satellite imagery is one of the most effective ways to detect oil spills in the ocean. This technology uses high-resolution images to identify oil slicks and other signs of an oil spill. However, satellite imagery is expensive and may not provide real-time information. 
  2. Aerial Surveys: Aerial surveys are another way to detect oil spills in the ocean. This technology involves flying over the affected area to identify signs of an oil spill. However, aerial surveys are weather-dependent and expensive to conduct. 
  3. Remote Sensing: Remote sensing uses a combination of satellite imagery and aerial surveys to identify oil spills. This technology can provide real-time information about the location and size of the spill. However, it is also expensive and may not be as effective in identifying smaller spills. 
  4. In-Situ Sensors: In-situ sensors are devices that can detect oil spills in the water. These sensors can be deployed on buoys, floating platforms, or other structures to provide real-time information about the spill. However, in-situ sensors may not be effective in detecting spills in rough sea conditions or areas with high wave heights. 
  5. Mounted Sensors on Sea Vessels: Mounted sensors on sea vessels can also detect oil spills in the water. This technology involves installing sensors on the hull of the vessel to detect changes in the water’s temperature, salinity, or other parameters that may indicate an oil spill. However, this technology may be limited by the availability of vessels equipped with sensors. 

While these technologies can be effective in monitoring oil spills, they also have their limitations. For example, satellite imagery and aerial surveys may not be able to detect smaller spills, and in-situ sensors may not work in rough sea conditions or areas with high wave heights. Additionally, these technologies can be expensive to deploy on a large scale. 

One potential solution is to use a combination of technologies, such as buoys equipped with sensors and mounted sensors on sea vessels. This approach can provide real-time information about the location and size of the spill, allowing authorities to take prompt action. Moreover, this technology can be deployed in areas where the risk of oil spills is high, allowing for better preparedness in the event of an incident. 

To summarize, oil spills in Canada’s water are a significant environmental concern that requires immediate attention. While there are several technologies available for monitoring oil spills, they have their advantages and disadvantages. Combining multiple technologies such as buoys equipped with sensors and mounted sensors on sea vessels could be a convincing approach to prevent oil spills and mitigate their effects. However, more research is needed to overcome the limitations of these technologies and make them more cost-effective for widespread deployment.

Sensyn, a leading technology company, is actively working to develop the proposed technology of using buoys equipped with sensors and mounted sensors on sea vessels for monitoring oil spills in Canada’s water. The company is investing in research and development to overcome the limitations of existing technologies and make this approach more cost-effective for widespread deployment. Sensyn is committed to providing innovative solutions to protect the marine environment and prevent oil spills, and its work in this area is an important step towards achieving this goal.

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Monitoring Pipelines for a Net-Zero Emissions World: The Importance of Safe and Efficient Operations

As the world moves towards a net-zero emissions economy and renewable energy sources, ensuring the safe and efficient operation of oil and gas pipelines has become increasingly crucial. Over 50% of the existing pipelines in North America are over 50 years old and are at risk of rupturing. Geopolitical concerns have resulted in conditions prohibiting the construction of new pipelines, so it is vital that oil and gas transporters prioritize the maintenance of their existing assets using best management practices. However, it is imperative to detect and handle pipeline leaks efficiently to avoid significant environmental damage and threats to public safety.

At Sensyn, we recognize the significance of this transition and are committed to developing products that reduce emissions, monitor pipelines in real-time, and guarantee the continued safe and efficient operation of pipelines in a net-zero emissions world. Pipeline monitoring must remain a top priority for decades to come, even as the world transitions to a net-zero emissions economy.

Wear and tear, corrosion, and potential leaks can cause significant environmental damage and pose a threat to public safety. Sensyn’s products can detect leaks and other issues in real-time, allowing operators to address potential problems before they become major issues.

Leak detection systems are essential for monitoring pipelines for decades to come, but many existing pipelines may lack the necessary systems. Sensyn’s products can be retrofitted to existing pipelines with ease to detect leaks and other issues in real-time. These products assist operators in detecting issues before they become major problems, ensuring the continued safe and efficient operation of pipelines.

IoT devices can be implemented easily on existing pipelines, allowing for real-time monitoring of pipeline conditions and potential leaks. These devices can be connected to cloud-based platforms, providing operators with real-time data and analytics. Sensyn’s IoT products help operators detect leaks and other issues in real-time and provide actionable insights to optimize pipeline performance.

In conclusion, pipelines will continue to be an essential part of the energy mix for years to come, even as the world transitions towards net-zero emissions. Monitoring pipelines for decades to come is essential to comply with net-zero emission restrictions and ensure the safety and environmental integrity of pipelines. Sensyn’s products reduce emissions, monitor pipelines in real-time, and ensure the continued safe and efficient operation of pipelines in a net-zero emissions world.


Environmental concerns on hydrocarbon spills.

There is a particular concern for Canada, where any hydrocarbon leaks from oil and gas fields, transportation tankers, and pipelines have a considerable impact on the future of the energy industry. The economy of Alberta, like the other western Canadian province, Saskatchewan, is largely reliant on pipelines transporting billions of gallons of fluid hydrocarbons to their neighbor provinces, coastlines, and south into the United States. Even a trivial incident of leaks and hydrocarbon release severely affects the environment through water contamination, degrading soil quality, and destroying wildlife habitat. Supplemented diluent and other light components from pipelines are volatile organic compounds that can reduce air quality. In other words, the sustainability of the environment is vulnerable to oil leaks. Moreover, many pipelines pass through indigenous communities in Canada, which can impact traditional Indigenous livelihoods.

The organic compounds of leaked hydrocarbons can be directly absorbed through the skin, respiratory system, and ingestion. Depending on the volume of contamination, these chemicals can cause different health and reproductive disorders and eventually mortality. Microorganisms are more susceptible to the discharged organic compounds, which ultimately can disrupt the food chain of the surrounding ecosystem. Therefore, bigger creatures can be indirectly affected through either scarcity of essential foods delivered by the lower level of the chain or accumulated concentrations of oil components in their tissues. Thus, to minimize the adverse effects of oil spills on the environment, it is critical to monitor pipelines for any leak incident. Our technology offers a rapid and sensitive detection system that can enhance the effectiveness of the practices to limit oil discharge.


Maritime oil slick and problems with current detection methods.

Hydrocarbon spills from oil industries and transporting facilities are a major concern from an environmental and cost perspective. With the increasing demand for fossil fuels and the aging of existing facilities, the risk of oil pollution in the marine, aquifer, and soil is increasing. Damage to tankers and underwater facilities often results in large spills. The dominant approach to assessing these spills is to use satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging combined with aerial surveillance. However, these methods may not detect small spills or perform poorly when the sea is rough. Also, they are prone to generating false positive signals in very calm conditions. Look-alike slicks from wind shadows, populated algae, and biogenic films can also lead to deterioration in their performance. Their other major drawback is the reliance on satellite location, which limits the use of real-time applications.

Non-accidental hydrocarbon discharges, which are smaller in size but contribute more to the overall marine pollution levels, require more sensitive and rapid detection systems. Spills caused by leaks from ship equipment, de-ballasting, and cleaning are the most common causes of this type of spill. Unfortunately, the most of in-situ approaches are not rapid, economical, or accurate enough to improve decision-making and minimize the spill impacts.


A cost-effective response for spills from underground storage tanks.

A pin-prick-sized hole in a storage tank can leak more than 1,500 liters of oil per year; threatening groundwater pollution. Each of our sensor nodes is capable of monitoring an underground storage tank independently. Approximately half a million underground storage tanks exist in North America for storing liquid hydrocarbons. Any leakage of gasoline, diesel, waste oil, or any other petrochemical products from these storage tanks poses a serious threat to groundwater, the environment, and public health.


The most commonly used hydrocarbon leak detectors

A wide variety of tools have been introduced into the market for detecting hydrocarbon leaks. In general, they can be divided into two groups: external methods and computational methods. The first category of sensors involves monitoring the exterior environment of oil and gas facilities for any abnormalities related to leakage. Sensors such as acoustic, fiber optic, vapor sampling, soil monitoring, and infrared thermography fall into this category. Typically, these methods are expensive, require routine calibrations, are not retrofittable, and do not provide real-time information.

Computational algorithms are employed to magnify any variations in fluid dynamics parameters in vessels and pipelines. Among the most prevalent techniques are pressure point analysis, dynamic modeling, negative pressure wave detection, and mass-volume balance. By using mounted sensors, these techniques keep track of various internal features of the pipeline, such as pressure, flow rate, and volume. Despite being sensitive, they are often subject to false alarms caused by random fluctuations in pipeline dynamics, particularly at low flow rates.