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High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for Background Methane

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61949
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-10
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
1930 Central Avenue Suite A Boulder, CO 80301-2895
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for Background Methane
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0161
Award Amount: $104,000.00
 

Abstract:

Our Phase I effort was successful. We upgraded our baseline methane analyzer to meet or surpass the levels of performance posed by DOC solicitation subtopic 8.1.1R: sensitivity of 10 ppb (dry mole fraction), low maintenance for extended periods at remote field sites, less than one liter (NTP) of reference gas per day, and negligible response to platform motion. The analyzer is a novel application of the NonDispersive Infrared technique. It utilizes the narrow (4cm-1) Q-Branch of methane at 3.315mm. The absorbing cell is single pass, compact (15cm3, 20 cm long) and has no internal optics. For Phase II, we are proposing to: 1) upgrade the methane analyzer and associated detection system to become a commercial product of the proposing company, and 2) build two full methane detection systems, one to be deployed to a land-based site of NOAA┬┐s choice after the appropriate amount of laboratory development, the other to serve as a demonstration project to be deployed on a buoy for monitoring the background of atmospheric methane at sea.

Principal Investigator:

James R. Smith
President
3034433389
jim@aosinc.net

Business Contact:

James R. Smith
President
3034433389
jim@aosinc.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
1930 Central Avenue Suite A Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No