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Low-cost colorimetric sensor for methane emission monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD17033
Agency Tracking Number: B161B-0003
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-1B
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00038
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-13
Small Business Information
143 Sutardja Dia Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
United States
DUNS: 079479618
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benson Fan
 (510) 990-1564
Business Contact
 Ray Chiu
Title: CEO
Phone: (510) 502-4560
Research Institution

On-site, timely and accurate identification of fugitive emissions is an important step toward leak mitigation controls and strategies; however, no technology today is able to fill the sweet spot to provide the sensitivity, cost, and portability that the gas industry is in dire need of. BioInspira has developed arrays of color thin film that has been modified to bind to different components of natural gas in order to provide an accurate (1-1000 ppm), small, power-efficient (3 years’ operating life), and low-cost ($49USD) gas sensor for surveyors and leak inspection crews from the oil and gas industry that is at least 1000 times lower in cost than the current leak inspection instruments, while providing better sensitivity and selectivity. Utility companies have demonstrated strong interest in BioInspira’s solution, as we have been granted a paid pilot project to further develop our solution from Operations Technology Development (OTD), and is co-sponsored by 10 major utilities in North America. The initial utility natural gas detection market is $101MM USD, while the immediate adjacent mid&upstream market size is estimated at $325MM USD. With our solution, we aim to provide a clean and safe environment for the growing industrial and healthcare needs.

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