The quality of ambient atmosphere is constantly threatened by leaks of pollutants from industrial facilites. It is essential to keep this facilities on our territory, though, since they bring jobs and economic development. The solution is to make them safer and this is precisely Blue Industry & Science's mission.
Take the Bhopal disaster, the most serious disaster in the history of chemistry. On December 3, 1984, the explosion at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, released 30 tonnes of methyl isocyanate into the atmosphere. 3,500 people died on the night of the tragedy and an additional 10,000 in the following years as a result of gas exposure. Security guards had felt the warning signs of a gas leak an hour and 30 minutes before the explosion but had not reacted, particularly due to the lack of measuring instruments.
How to avoid an industrial accident or simply the closure of a site after a gas leak or explosion? After 7 years of R&D, Blue Industry & Science has developed a real-time laser gas analyzer that can be adjusted over a very wide range of wavelengths. The technology used is the Broadly Tunable Laser, which Blue Industry and Science teams have adapted for gas analysis. They have also succeeded in mounting it on portable and robust devices that are easy to use when combined with the monitoring software developed by the company. The analyzer is thus able to measure more than 450 different molecules, even in very low concentrations (a handful of parts per billion). As a result, it can continuously monitor critical pollutants such as toluene or benzene, whether in the air near a site or directly within the industrial process.
"According to the WHO, some gases are harmful when one particle is detected among billions of particles," explains Julien Roquette, one of the founders (with Johann Georges des Aulnois and Olivier Le Mauguen). "It is therefore necessary to know how to measure gases in real time. That's our secret sauce today!"
A recent example of Blue's unique value proposition is the continuous monitoring of traces of 6 molecules including Bromopropane, a molecule severely regulated and critical to the health of the population, for a world leader in the pharmaceutical industry. Also Blue Industry & Science's material measures Benzene, Toluene, Xylenes, Hydrogen Chloride, and non-methanic Hydrocarbons (NMHC) for an air surveillance network in China.
The analyzers are based on a proprietary technology, the first broadly tunable laser, in which the optical source has a spectral resolution of a laser (0.01 cm-1) but a much wider tunability (800 cm-1). This enables the analyzers to quantify in real time multiple molecules, at trace levels, but also to target heavier critical molecules that traditional laser-based analyzers cannot measure.
Blue Industry & Science is tackling problems in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and food industries... Its vision is supported by increasingly strict environmental regulations for manufacturers, who are required to be 100% clean and safe.
The company is based in Paris.