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High temporal and spatial resolution measurement of hydrometeor mass for automated assessment of precipitation rate and type

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0017168
Agency Tracking Number: 0000228039
Amount: $228,868.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 20d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001618
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-02-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-20
Small Business Information
135 South 1460 E Rm 819
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0110
United States
DUNS: 079941553
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Shkurko Konstantin
 (609) 240-9852
Business Contact
 Shkurko Konstantin
Phone: (609) 240-9852
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Michael Litchman
1471 East Federal Way
Salt lake City, UT 84102-1821
United States

 (801) 581-6903
 Nonprofit College or University

The DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program is engaged in long-term measurements at Barrow and Oliktok Pt. Alaska of precipitation climatologies and physical processes. The Particle Flux Analytics Inc. (PFA) Multi Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) has been operating at Oliktok Point since 2015 providing the ARM community with unprecedented information about hydrometeor structure, size, and fallspeed. No technology currently exists to provide the remaining critically needed precipitation quanitities of frozen hydrometeor mass, density, and precipitation rate. This Phase I STTR effort aims to accelerate development of the SnowPixel, an advanced ground-based, self-contained, hockey-puck sized precipitation and wind sensor. The instrument basis is a high density array of individually insulated micro-hotplates that provides a video image of cooling signatures created by winds and hydrometeor evaporation. Signal analysis yields statistics for the mass, frequency, and microstructure of individual snow and rain particles, precipitation rate and type, and the direction and speed of wind gusts. In Phase II Particle Flux Analytics aims to develop a) a new precipitation sensor for measurement of high-latitude precipitation and b) a disruptive entry to the weather station market that offers the potential for densely networked arrays of sophisticated small, automated, meteorological sensors for the weather, agricultural, insurance, military, and transportation safety sectors.

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