Leading the Way: Hydrogen Detection Instrument Driving Geoscience’s
Energy Transition and Natural Capital Mapping Agenda
The Hydrogen Mapping Airborne Spectrometer H-MAS will mean a before
and after in the approach and understanding of hydrogen as an energy
Madrid, 21/9/2023 – Xcalibur Multiphysics, a leading innovator in advanced
technology solutions, is pleased to announce a 12-month research agreement in
collaboration with Curtin University of Technology to develop an instrument for the
long-range detection of hydrogen. This partnership represents a significant step
forward in the quest to harness clean energy sources and combat climate change.
H-MAS, short for Hydrogen Mapping Airborne Spectrometer, is poised to be a
groundbreaking tool that will allow for the reliable, rapid, and remote detection of low
concentrations of atmospheric hydrogen.
Hydrogen is increasingly recognized as a clean and abundant energy source, and
naturally occurring hydrogen is seen as a valuable adjunct to large scale generation.
The detection and mapping of these natural resources is the primary motivation for
this project. The transition to hydrogen will not be without hazards, and the
technology developed will also be valuable for the remote detection of hydrogen
leaks from large scale storage and production facilities or pipelines.
The development team comprises Professor Charlie Ironside, who has over 30 years’
experience in semiconductor optoelectronics research, Emeritus Professor Mervyn
Lynch, with 60 years of experience in remote sensing research, and Dr Jacob Martin,
whose expertise in ultrafast laser spectroscopy will be extremely valuable.
Complementing this group is Andrew Lockwood, from Xcalibur Multiphysics, who
brings 30 years of applied geophysics research to the team.
Xcalibur Multiphysics aims to play a pivotal role in the pursuit of a just energy
transition, and its commitment to advancing hydrogen detection technology aligns
with the urgent global transition toward sustainable and secure energy sources.
In words of Andrés Blanco, CEO of Xcalibur Multiphysics: “we firmly believe that
responsible mapping of natural resources is the cornerstone of a more sustainable
global economy. With our commitment to H-MAS, we are entering an era where our
perception of hydrogen within the current energy landscape will undergo a profound
transformation, bringing us closer to realizing our vision of a greener, more
About Xcalibur Multiphysics
Xcalibur Multiphysics is the worldwide leader in airborne geophysics and in
smart natural capital mapping, with offices in 12 countries, more than 40
aircrafts and +300 highly qualified professionals. Xcalibur Multiphysics
technologies are used to map potential minerals, oil & gas, geothermal and
ground water resources with a specific focus on developing a sustainable
energy transition towards clean and efficient energies.
With 100 years of experience, Xcalibur Multiphysics has collected more than
50 million linear kilometers of geophysical data, over more than 1.000
projects executed on 5 continents and continues to execute projects with
safety, sustainability, technological innovation, operational excellence, and
cost efficiency at the center of its core values.
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