High-Volume Fabrication of Hydrogen Sensor Using Intrinsically Safe Optical Sensor Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84541
Agency Tracking Number: 81277S06-I
Amount: $749,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: 20
Solitcitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Innosense Llc
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505
Duns: 114060861
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kisholoy Goswami
 Dr
 (310) 530-2011
 kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Business Contact
 Latika Datta
Title: Ms
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Email: latika.datta@innosense.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The development of a superior technology for manufacturing intrinsically safe, highly-reliable, low-cost hydrogen sensors will play an important role toward assuring the safe use of hydrogen across hydrogen economy infrastructures. This project will develop technology for the high volume fabrication of intrinsically safe, all-optical hydrogen sensors. The purpose of the manufacturing project is to eliminate individual calibration of sensors by making many identical sensors in one batch. Phase I investigated two manufacturing technologies and established fabrication protocols to allow the development of multiple sensors in a single batch. These sensors were shown to perform reversibly and reproducibly over many cycles. Phase II will optimize the manufacturing technology. In particular, the coating formulations will be fine-tuned, the curing processes will be refined, and the storage and conditioning of sensors will be established. Quality control and quality assurance protocols will be developed to formalize the manufacturing process. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The President¿s Energy Policy recommends that the DOE promote the development of hydrogen as a primary fuel for cars and trucks, as part of the nation¿s effort to reduce dependence on imported oil. Since hydrogen can be neither seen nor smelled, a reliable hydrogen sensor would be a necessity for storing, transporting, and distributing hydrogen.

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