Kinitics Automation KVA38 – “Innovation at the Heart of Emissions Reduction. A Story of a Canadian Startup”

Kinitics Automation KVA38 – “Innovation at the Heart of Emissions Reduction. A Story of a Canadian Startup”

February 6, 2024

Kinitics Automation has been featured in the latest issue of the Global Voice of Gas (GVG) magazine.

Amidst the global energy industry’s challenges in balancing security, affordability, and sustainability, Kinitics has been highlighted for our groundbreaking electric valve actuator technology, which has, in GVG’s words, solidified “the now permanent innovation corner feature in the GVG.” The interview with Dean Pick, CEO of Kinitics, sheds light on the innovation of our KVA38 actuator, which has the potential to significantly reduce field-level methane emissions across the natural gas industry. The issue also covers various aspects of the energy sector, from shifting trade dynamics to commitments made at COP28 and discussions on carbon markets and emissions pricing, providing a comprehensive overview of the industry’s current landscape and future challenges.

Excerpt from the article:

“A new electric process controller that began life as a motorcycle clutch has the potential to significantly reduce field-level methane emissions.

Faced with increasingly stringent emissions rules to address climate change, the natural gas industry has turned to innovation tor reliable and economic alternatives to gas-powered pneumatic controllers.

Diagram of Kinitics Automation KVA38 actuator.

Pneumatic controllers are process control automation devices used widely in the natural gas industry to operate valves that control liquid level, pressure, and other process variables throughout the gas delivery systems. There are a great many of them in any given gas network. The controllers are most commonly activated by pressurised methane, and if the millions of such devices in use now emitted even extremely small amounts of methane, which is also a potent greenhouse gas, every time they are cycled. It can add up to a notable emission level.

Vancouver-based Kinitics Automation has developed an alternative, powered by electricity, which they explain is a linear valve actuator based on sape memory alloys that is capable of robust performance in remote settings where grid power may not always be available.” …

Read the full Kinitics article here.
Read the full Global Voice of Gas issue here.