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An Inexpensive Hand-Held Monitor for Measuring Fugitive Methane Emissions

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD17035
Agency Tracking Number: B161B-0007
Amount: $99,999.95
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): 2018-02-28
Small Business Information
2 Park Drive, Unit 4, Westford, MA, 01886-3525
DUNS: 101061500
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Kimble
 (978) 692-4664
Business Contact
 Michael Kimble
Title: President
Phone: (978) 692-4664
Research Institution
Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted after carbon dioxide, however, on a pound-to-pound comparison methane has a 25 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. Accordingly, the 2014 Climate Action Plan signed by President Obama has directed agencies including the USDA, DOE, and EPA to reduce methane emissions. A significant effort in the Climate Action Plan is to develop improved measurement methods that focus on the specific source or activity causing the emissions, not inferred from atmospheric methane concentrations. This is important to characterize emission sources with precision which is critical for designing mitigation strategies._x000D_ Toward this need, Reactive Innovations will be developing a hand-held methane sensor that can be used to measure fugitive methane emissions in support of the Climate Action Plan. Specifications for the sensor have been defined by cooperating government agencies that include a methane detection concentration in air of 2-250 ppm plus or minus 2 ppm, real time concentration determination, calibration capabilities, a continuous readout, electronic transmission of stored data, and a cost less than $50. This Phase I SBIR program will develop a new sensing methodology that is specific to detecting methane without interference effects._x000D_

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