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Chinese emissions agency taps Picarro’s GHG analyzers

Emma Ritch

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Picarro said it scored a deal to supply its greenhouse-gas analyzers to the Chinese entity responsible for monitoring and measuring the country’s emissions.

The new deal with the China Meteorological Administration is one of the largest deals for Picarro to-date, and it more than doubles the number of Picarro analyzers used by the CMA.

In addition, it shows the technology is getting traction beyond the scientific community, CEO Mike Woelk told the Cleantech Group.

“It’s moving now from science to regulatory compliance,” Woelk said.

Woelk declined to share the value of the deal or the number of systems involved, but the company said the deal will dramatically expand the size and scope of the CMA’s GHG monitoring network. The deal is significant for Picarro because of the CMA’s global reputation as a well-funded, highly advanced agency, Woelk said (see China to tax polluted air and water?).

“It’s a big accolade,” he said. “Other countries around world are going to look and see what the Chinese are doing they’re going to follow suit.”

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