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Price-Protected High-Precision Carbon Dioxide Analyzer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89946
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vista Photonics, Inc.
67 Condesa Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87508-8136
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Price-Protected High-Precision Carbon Dioxide Analyzer
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER84973
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Understanding global warming requires continuous field measurements of carbon dioxide concentrations. High­ precision measurements (one part ­in­ 3000 or better) are required; yet, these high ­performance instruments must meet stringent cost objectives. A simple, rugged, photoacoustic spectrometer can provide the required measurement precision at the required volume price point. This project will develop a laser-diode-based spectrometer that can determine ambient carbon dioxide concentration to better than one part ­in ­3000 in less than one minute, while meeting a retail price of $5,000 under volume manufacturing. In Phase I, a bench-top laser diode (LD) photoacoustic spectrometer (PAS) was constructed for proof-­of­-principle testing. The excellent performance characteristics of the LD­PAS sensor ¿ including sensitivity, selectivity, and long term behavior ¿ were experimentally confirmed. In Phase II, (1) fully integrated LD­PAS sensor prototypes will be constructed for carbon dioxide field analysis; (2) standard operating protocols for the sensors will be established; and (3) the prototypes will be refined through beta ­testing in several field applications. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the technology should enable general-purpose trace gas detection in a variety of applications, including biomedical breath diagnostics, process gas analysis, and environmental regulatory compliance.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey S. Pilgrim
Dr.
5054663830
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Jeffrey S. Pilgrim
Dr.
5054663830
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Photonics, Inc.
67 Condesa Road Santa Fe, NM 87508

EIN/Tax ID: 200051259
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No