Matthew Hammond (Cohort 3) recently attended the 10th Edition of the Gas Analysis Symposium in The Hague, Netherlands from the 18th-2oth June 2019.

The conference was attended by a variety of technical staff and researchers, as well as equipment manufacturers and end users to hear the latest developments in the analysis of gases. This year’s topics included natural gas and biogas, gas cylinders, health and safety, and standardisation, with a variety of speakers and a poster session. On the middle day of the conference, a social event was organised at a Scheveningen beach bar, with a BBQ and live music.

Matthew presented his research on “Solid Formation in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)”, being carried out at his cosponsor, EffecTech Ltd., who had three other speakers and a poster at the conference. The presentation covered the issues with freeze out of contamination in LNG production facilities, and the new experimental data Matthew has been collecting giving a unique insight into the behaviour of the solids.

EffecTech were well represented at the conference; Matthew’s supervisor, Dr Paul Holland, presented a new cylinder design for LPG/NGL reference liquids, addressing the issues of performance and cost associated with current technologies. Gergely Vargha presented a new micro-preparation valve for the highly accurate preparation of very low amounts of components in gas mixtures, and Adam Lomax presented his work on dynamic performance evaluations of inferential natural gas quality instruments. Dr Joey Walker had a poster on developments in EffecTech’s LNG calibration facility.

“The conference was a great opportunity to network with experts in a variety of areas in gas metrology and learn about the latest developments. In my session, there were several other presentations on LNG which were relevant to my research, and some interesting conversations were had. I enjoyed the experience of presenting at an international conference and meeting with industry professionals.”

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