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Meeting 88 - Summer 2024

The subject for the summer meeting will be ‘Materials’. The date is 20th June 2024 and the venue is the conference facility at Bletchley Park, the codebreaking heritage attraction, near Milton Keynes. Firm details of the programme and registration will be announced as soon as possible, so keep checking back for more updates!

We aim to have presentations on many different materials of relevance to the sensor community, such as catalysts, filters, electrodes and semiconductor sensing elements. It is also hoped to include the characterisation of gas-solid interactions relevant to key detection processes.

Meeting 87 Attracts Large Audience

The 87th GASG Meeting was held at Cranfield University on 21st March 2024 and attracted one of the largest audiences in the 30-year history of the group. 8 renowned speakers provided detailed insights into cutting edge research addressing the significant challenges in the detection and measurement of hydrogen, as well as explaining key issues in the understanding the role of hydrogen as an indirect greenhouse gas.

Prof Dame Helen Atkinson DBE FREng explained the world-class facilities at Cranfield enabling research into a wide range of aspects of critical importance to the development of the Hydrogen economy. Delegates were then able to see some of these during tours kindly provided by members of the research teams.

The day was an undoubted success and demonstrated once again the unique ability of GASG to bring people together from all parts of the industry to learn about developments in a productive forum which facilitates engagement and discussion. The meeting presentations and a report of the proceedings are available by logging in to the Members section of the website.

GASG Chair Presentation To Knowledge Transfer Network

GASG Chair Jane Hodgkinson presented an invited talk entitled “Sensors For Net Zero: Reflections From The Gas Analysis & Sensing Group” at the 53rd Intelligent Sensing Programme (ISP53) – Emerging Sensing Technologies for Net Zero. This networking workshop was held in Birmingham on 16th January 2024 and brought together industries, innovators, end-users and other stakeholders driving efforts to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The aim was to stimulate new ideas generation, develop new collaborations/partnerships and accelerate business innovations.

Jane commented, “Giving this talk has been a great opportunity for me to go back through the rich GASG archive and reflect on the “big picture” of improving our environmental impact. If there was an issue to cover, somebody (often several people) at the forefront of the field had given us a talk about it. I am grateful to our speakers over the years and all the hard work that lay behind the talks they presented. The exercise has left me feeling really positive about the future of the GASG.”

For more details, contact GASG Chair, Jane Hodgkinson ([email protected]).

Jane focussed on the significant and highly relevant activities in gas, VOC and particulate sensing which GASG promotes through our meetings and publications. It was emphasised that mainstream gas sensing has long supported the petrochemical sector, having grown with the rise of fossil fuel extraction and use. The sensing industry is now an important driver, monitor and enabler of the path to net zero. The need to dramatically reduce  emissions is widely accepted, but some leakage is inevitable and the various risks associated with a wide range of gases must still be mitigated. This is driving significant increases in sensor deployment (and lowering of costs), improvements in limits of detection and growth in emissions measurement applications across all sectors, not just oil & gas. Even in a fully electrified world, there will still be many applications for gas and particle sensors!

The talk was illustrated with examples drawn from GASG Meetings, and highlighted the importance of the information sharing we facilitate across our broad community.