SBIR Phase I: Optical Biogas Sensor

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0539674
Agency Tracking Number: 0539674
Amount: $99,245.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-557
Small Business Information
70 Battery Place, New York, NY, 10280
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mourad Baraket
 (212) 217-2222
Business Contact
 Mourad Baraket
Title: Dr
Phone: (212) 217-2222
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project introduces a new infrared sensor technology for the detection and measurement of methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to measure the performance and control the operation of anaerobic digesters and - low to zero-emissions - power generators (e.g. microturbines and fuel cells). The proprietary technology will maximize the recovery of biogas, monitor the correlation between biogas quality (methane content) and power output, in real-time, and optimize the biogas conversion efficiency. The implementation of this innovative technology in farms (biogas from livestock manure), waste water treatment plants (WWTPs), landfills and food manufacturing and processing plants will improve the value, cost competitiveness and reliability of biogas-to-electricity systems, and reduce the emissions of methane (CH4), a major contributor to Global Climate Change. The technology will provide end users (e.g. farmers and operators of WWTP and landfills), the scientific community and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) a technology that delivers the relevant and adjustable parameters affecting the output of biogas-to-electricity systems. The collection of biogas for green power generation will decrease the risk of gas migration and explosions, and reduce the costs associated with environmental control and compliance.

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