Emerson Sees Meteoric Growth in Market for Meters
Demand for Emerson products for measuring natural gas as a transportation fuel has soared. Products include the Micro Motion line of Coriolis mass measuring meters suitable for both large and small flows of gas – from CNG road vehicles up to LNG tankers.
In liquefied natural gas dispensing, orders for Emerson’s Micro Motion Elite Coriolis meters have risen exponentially, from handfuls of samples to orders for hundreds, says UK-based Phil Fathers, who heads up the company’s efforts in alterative fuels.
Orders for Micro Motion products for LNG dispensing in China could reach several thousand units this year, Fathers says. “Adoption in the States is going through the roof,” he told F&F. Chart Industries and Clean Energy Fuels are major customers.
Emerson recently reported Dutch MID (the European Measuring Instruments Directive) certification of its Micro Motion F100 flowmeter for truckoad custody transfer of cryogenic products.
For cryogenic liquid re-sellers and distributors, Emerson says, the F100 represents “a compact, reliable and accurate solution for their delivery trucks.”
“The certification covers the Micro Motion F100 Coriolis Flowmeter and ATEX and IECEx IIC approval,” Emerson says, “for use with cryogenic liquids with flow rates between 3.5 – 450 kg/min, densities between 700 and 1500 Kg/m3, and temperatures down to -200°C. The ambient temperature range is from -40 to +55°C. These Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters meet the requirements of the MID guidelines; environmental class M3/E3 and accuracy class 2.5, which specify an accuracy of 1.5% for the meter and 2.5% for the complete measuring system.”
The Micro Motion package includes Coriolis transmitter and MID-approved printer, with the option of a flow computer.
Emerson is among the sponsors of the LNG 4 Trucks & Ships workshop taking place September 19-21 in Amsterdam.
The company offers fully networked and wireless controls for oil and natural gas production and processing facilities too.
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Source: Emerson Micro Motion release and follow-up interview