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Gas Imaging Technology Notices a Global Trend to Reduce SF6 Gas Emissions

Santa Barbara, CA – December 5, 2008 – Gas Imaging Technology, LLC (GIT), a privately held manufacturer of unique gas imaging and analysis systems that address critical needs for the oil, gas, utility and chemical industries has been marketing their newest product the Sherlock SF6 imaging spectrometer. The number of inquiries for the Sherlock SF6 has tripled over the last few months with requests for demonstrations in Asia, Europe, Central and South America. It appears that the world is eager to improve the “global warming” situation and sees the value of the Sherlock SF6 in its ability to locate and quantify Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6 a greenhouse gas) leaks allowing early repair.

Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) is a greenhouse gas with an atmospheric lifespan of more than 1000 years. SF6 is one of the most powerful greenhouse gases yet discovered. Today's emissions of greenhouse gases such as SF6 will be affecting the earth's climate in the next millennium. Sulfur Hexafluoride is a man-made gas that does not exist in nature. Approximately 8000 tons are produced annually with the electric industry using the majority.

Increases in the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted are almost entirely a result of man's activity. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and three groups of fluorinated gases (sulfur hexafluoride SF6, HFCs, and PFCs) are the major greenhouse gases and the subject of the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol establishes legally binding commitments for the reduction of four greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride SF6), and two groups of gases (hydrofluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons) produced by (industrialized) nations. As of 2008[update][update], 183 parties have ratified the protocol, which was initially adopted for use on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan and which entered into force on 16 February 2005. Though the recorded concentration of emitted SF6 is relatively small compared to more commonly recognized gases like carbon dioxide, the huge lifespan makes it an important consideration in global greenhouse gas budgets.

"The energy industry as we know it is in the process of profound change in order to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The future will bring tighter control of gas leaks and emissions as well as a much greater emphasis on safety. GIT is uniquely positioned to help detect and monitor unwanted gas leaks and emissions."- Martin Van Enoo (Director of Sales and Marketing, GIT)

Electric utilities around the world are clearly aware of the harmful impact of SF6 being released into the atmosphere and are investing resources to reduce unwanted emissions.

About GIT
Gas Imaging Technology, LLC (GIT) (www.gitint.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Advanced Technology (www.patinc.com), is a woman owned California Corporation located in Santa Barbara County. GIT has an exclusive worldwide license for products that uniquely address issues of greenhouse gas, compliance with new EPA standards and other critical needs of refineries, power and chemical plants, oil and LNG tankers and terminals. More than $14 million has been invested in the development of the technology underlying the Sherlock gas imaging and analysis systems. A substantial portion of this funding came from various military, federal and commercial sources including the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, Department of Energy, State of California, Gas Research Institute, BP and Shell Global Solutions.

GIT’s Products

Sherlock SF6 - detects sulfur hexafluoride gas leaks, and can thus be an invaluable asset to those in the power industry. In addition to being a greenhouse gas, SF6 is an expensive resource. Early detection of SF6 leaks with the use of Sherlock can prevent not only damage to our environment, but also considerable economic loss to a facility.

Sherlock VOC – allows the user to "see" emissions of invisible gases that may pose grave environmental hazards and expose refineries, chemical, and power plants to the risk of catastrophic fires and explosions. The Sherlock incorporates a mid-wave infrared camera that includes PAT’s patented IMSS lens and an embedded computer that can perform the function of data logging, imaging spectroscopy, and digital video recording.

Sherlock FE - monitors and analyzes the efficiency of flares and to continuously monitor smokestack emissions. The Sherlock FE is the only system currently on the market that can analyze flare efficiency. It remotely monitors and generates a pixel-by-pixel quantitative analysis of flares and smokestacks. In many circumstances, this remote monitoring can be done from a location several miles from the source.

 
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