Water monitoring technology company Modern Water has launched PetroChek, a portable or online crude and refined hydrocarbon monitor. The monitor is designed to detect crude oil or refined hydrocarbon spillages, which can have catastrophic consequences if left undetected.
The PetroChek monitor can be used to detect hydrocarbons in freshwater and marine environments and can be used for a wide range of applications. These include monitoring oil spills, airport pollution run-off, detecting hydrocarbons in effluent, and ensuring water quality is maintained at treatment plants.
The new monitor uses fluorescence to identify Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are inherent in crude and refined hydrocarbons within both fresh and marine water systems. PetroChek is sensitive to low hydrocarbon concentrations and is suited to real-time monitoring, either as a portable unit, in-situ or online (with a flow cell arrangement). It can provide early warning by first detecting a problem with hydrocarbons, before then helping to control the environmental impact, as well as the remediation and treatment processes.