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Passive Wireless Wallpaper Humidity Sensor for Building Monitoring

Award Information

Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Passive Wireless Wallpaper Humidity Sensor for Building Monitoring
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84526
Award Amount: $99,761.00


Environmental sensors are needed for the control of systems and appliances in both commercial and residential buildings, in order to increase energy efficiency and indoor life quality. In particular, wireless sensor suites are needed to minimize the cost of retrofitting buildings, especially in places where wiring would be difficult. This project will employ passive, wireless sensing technology and humidity-sensitive materials to develop a low-cost, passive, wireless, wallpaper humidity sensor, which can be used for the battery-free monitoring of indoor humidity. Phase I will develop an innovative, radio-frequency-powered wireless sensing mechanism, based on a flexible thick film resonant circuit, which can be integrated into wallpaper. Two prototypes of the wireless wallpaper humidity sensor, along with associated electronics (e.g., remote power and sensor reader), will be designed and fabricated. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: It has been estimated that the potential productivity gain, through improved indoor environmental quality, is over $40 billion to $250 billion per year in the U.S. alone. In addition to improving the indoor environment, this technology should lead to large energy savings and enable the use of multifunctional, passive wireless sensors for homeland security and military applications.

Principal Investigator:

Hua Jiang

Business Contact:

Yingyin K. Zou
Small Business Information at Submission:

Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 510414999
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No