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Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001489
Agency Tracking Number: 1954-1760
Amount: $212,922.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: T
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001954
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-04
Small Business Information
1212 19th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
United States
DUNS: 117694395
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Olga Irzak
 (415) 323-8971
Business Contact
 Olga Irzak
Phone: (415) 323-8971
Research Institution

Methane emissions are responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas warming. A proven, economical
way of mitigating these emissions is to find high-flow methane sources and convert the methane
stream into carbon dioxide, using flares or generators, mitigating 96% of the warming effects.
We propose to develop a miniature methane flare, capable of handling emissions from sources in
the range of 10-200 tonnes CH 4 /yr / site. At minimum, a micro-flare consists of a combustion
chamber, pilot light or electronic ignition source, upstream flow and methane concentration
monitoring, controls electronics, and remote communications. The project aims to have low
capex and opex costs - necessary in order to allow developers to have good payback in the
current carbon markets and for the technology to scale. We estimate that cumulatively, a
micro-flare technology such as the one described could offset approximately 290 megatonnes of
CO 2 e per year worldwide (from active and abandoned coal mines, unsealed oil and gas wells,
natural geologic sources). This is about equivalent to removing 60 million cars from the road.

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