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ballistic ignition solutions

At Zeeco, we have seen customers face the costly consequences of downtime and the pressure to reduce overall emissions. Our advanced ZIP™ (Zirconium Instant Pressurized) ballistic ignition system offers a safe, reliable, and flexible “on demand” flare system ignition solution that minimizes emissions, operates effectively under challenging weather conditions, and can eliminate the need for continuous pilot fuel gas supply.

On Demand Ballistic Ignition Solutions.

The system eliminates continuous pilot gas usage and achieves more reliable ignition than direct electrical spark technologies. When used in tandem with FGR (Flare Gas Recovery) and a liquid seal, zero hydrocarbon emissions can be achieved during continuous operation - compliant with ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030’ initiatives. Additionally, all ignition components are entirely removed from the heat-affected zone to deliver years of reliable operation.

How It Works.

The ZIP ballistic ignition system utilizes a compressed nitrogen launching system to propel a zirconium-filled pellet through a guide tube to the flare tip. Upon exiting the guide tube at a high velocity, each pellet impacts a striker plate, showering the flare tip exit with sparks and igniting the flare gas stream. To reduce maintenance and provide a reliable spark, all electronics and movable parts are mounted in the launching cabinet located a considerable distance away from the flare tip. The launching cabinet includes the following items:

Moving parts

  • Pellet carousel
  • Charge system
  • Launching system
  • 2 or 4 stage nitrogen booster system as required


  • Automatic initiation sequence
  • System status monitoring
  • Integration with flaring system and flame monitoring

Key Differences.

While low-pressure systems use explosive pellets designed to mechanically detonate upon exiting the system, Zeeco’s high-pressure system uses zirconium-filled pellets without internal explosive material. Our zirconium pellets require a high-velocity impact with a striker plate to create sparks and will not detonate if dropped during loading or fragment collecting processes - creating a safer alternative to low-pressure systems on the market. Pellets are regularly tested to ensure safety, reliability, and quality.

Design Features.

  • Nitrogen booster system arrangement eliminates potential overheating and enhances equipment life
  • High pressure fittings and tight tolerances increase the overall system reliability
  • Can meet local and international standards, including NORSOK, INMETRO, ATEX, PED, and ASME
  • Can be applied to all types of flares (elevated, offshore, burn pits, etc.)

Safety Features.

  • Minimum impact velocity for ignition
  • Provides direct feedback into DCS
  • Launch is only permitted after unit is pressurized and charge valve is closed
  • High integrity self-contained enclosure for launching system
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