No-Bleed Pilot Valve MIZER from Norriseal Wellmark reduces methane emissions

The MIZER® No-Bleed Pilot Valve is the most cost-effective solution for converting high-bleed pneumatic controls to low-bleed operation. This device effectively stops continuous bleed operation between dump cycles, thereby reducing environmental concerns over methane emissions, while allowing previously wasted gas to be sent to the sale line. Conservatively, user can anticipate 90% savings from recaptured gas based upon estimated cycle rates of the controls. 95-98% values may be achieved in some applications. 

Bleed Gas vs. Vent Gas 

“Bleed” gas is defined as gas that bleeds to atmosphere between dump cycles. “Vent” gas is that gas which, after energizing the dump or control valve must be released to atmosphere, and is usually a small fraction by comparison to the bleed gas volume. It is because of the high bleed between dump cycles that the EPA discourages the use of high-bleed pneumatic devices to control liquid level and gas pressure. The MIZER® device actually stops the continuous flow of gas from these controllers, only allowing gas to flow to the controlled device (dump valve or control valve) when necessary. Therefore, the amount of potential gas savings is dependent upon (among other things) the initial bleed rate and the frequency of operation of the controller and valve. In other words, a separator unit that fills slowly and dumps infrequently is bleeding substantial amounts of unutilized gas pressure to atmosphere most of the time. All of this gas that is vented to atmosphere between dump cycles would be saved when using a MIZER® retrofitted controller.

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