A Miniatruized Carbon Dioxide Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R-08-CN-0139
Agency Tracking Number: 08-66
Amount: $94,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.9S
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2008-1
Small Business Information
GINER, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 John Kosek
 Director, Energy Conversion
 (781) 529-0505
 jkosek@ginerinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NOAA supports over 25,000 underwater dive programs per year. To increase the duration and depth of these dives, the use of closed circuit mixed gas rebreathers (CCRs) is being considered. As there currently are no sensors to detect CO2 levels in the breathing gas, Giner, Inc. proposes to develop an electrochemical CO2 sensor for CCR use. The technical innovation will be to develop a reversible rechargeable sensing electrode in a solid-polymer electrolyte configuration. The overall objective of the proposed Phase I program is to develop a sensor to quantify CO2 levels in a CCR. The program goal is to demonstrate feasibility of a CO2 specific sensor and demonstrating the ability to accurately monitor up to 5% CO2 in real time. Our approach to develop the proposed CO2 sensor will be to develop a unique sensing electrode that is specific to CO2. Complete sensor cells will be fabricated and evaluated.

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