Fine and Course Particulate Continuous Emissions Monitoring

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Environmental Protection Agency
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Phase II
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Small Business Information
Baldwin Environmental, Inc.
895 E. Patriot St., Unit 107, Reno, NV, 89511
Hubzone Owned:
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Tom Baldwin
(775) 850-1800
Business Contact:
Allan Budd
Chairman & Dir R&D
(775) 850-1800
Research Institution:
Baldwin Environmental Inc. (BEI) successfully completed an SBIR Phase I project that demonstrated the feasibility of designing and producing a Fine and Coarse Particulate Monitoring System (FCPMCEMS). This system simultaneously measures and reports mass concentrations of fine and coarse particulate material using Atmospheric Dispersion Simulation and Beta Attenuation Monitoring (BAM). A design and list of tasks were proposed that will result in a commercially viable product from Phase II. The commercialization marketing work in Phase I indicated that the potential market is estimated at over 6,000 potential installations in the US and possibly double that number internationally, depending of enabling government regulations. For Phase II, BEI proposes to utilize the feasibility it proved in Phase I to produce a commercially viable product. It will develop a Fine and Coarse Particulate Monitoring System (FCPMCEMS), capable of continuously measuring and reporting PM10-2.5 and PM2.5 on most particulate emitting sources. Proposed research and development includes, design, production and testing of two prototype systems including documentation; development of a calibration scheme; testing on a wide variety of possible samples; and a basic field test of the technology and implementation. These products will be ready to begin commercial activities. A Commercialization option is proposed that will extend the research to include testing of the FCPMCEMS on several different types of emission sources. This research will determine the critical application parameters for these different sources. The data will provide the basis for BEI to configure systems for different applications and to generate the printed materials it need to facilitate sales of the product. It also includes research to assist writers of the enabling regulations. BEI has the distribution channels sell FCPMCEMS once rules are promulgated. An ETV testing option is proposed that will subject the system to independent design performance verification, further enhancing the commercial potential of the technology. Successful commercialization of this product requires that the States and the EPA enact emissions rules that require owners and operators of sources to measure and report PM10-2.5 and PM2.5 emissions. The reference methods need to be changed to support the ADS approach, such as USEPA CTM 039.

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