Isotope Analyzer for Real-Time Measurements in the Field

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84895
Agency Tracking Number: 83075
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 47
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Baer
 (650) 965-7772
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: Dr
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Research Institution
This project will employ Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (Off-Axis ICOS) technology to develop, deploy, and test a field-portable methane isotope analyzer for the measurement of carbon isotope ratios (d13C) and methane (CH4) concentrations in ambient air. The instrument will be capable of providing in situ, accurate quantification of both CH4 concentration and carbon isotope ratio for the real-time monitoring of methane sources and sinks in the biosphere and atmosphere (e.g., in landfills, geological formations). The instrument will distinguish between biogenic and injected carbon sources, and will identify and subsequently capture fugitive methane emissions. Phase I will build, test, and deploy a prototype instrument capable of real-time measurements of methane isotopomers in ambient air. The prototype will employ a high-finesse optical cavity as a measurement cell. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Present technology is expensive and slow, and cannot provide on-site measurements of methane isotopomers in ambient air. A robust methane isotope analyzer should find uses in landfills, oil and gas exploration, and environmental research.

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