Novel Sensor for Industrial Process Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85468
Agency Tracking Number: 90469
Amount: $99,922.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 16 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
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
 Dr.
 (650) 965-7772
 d.baer@lgrinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: Dr.
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Effective monitoring and control of steel manufacturing plants, industrial furnaces, boilers, incinerators, and other combustion systems is limited by the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, speed, and reliability of available sensors. As a result, industrial high-temperature processes release excessive toxic emissions, pollutants, and greenhouse gases and consume excessive energy during operation. This project will develop a novel, robust instrument capable of accurately measuring several critical exhaust emissions in real time, with unprecedented speed and reliability. The instrument will be based on tunable mid-infrared lasers. Open-path absorption diagnostics will be developed to provide unprecedented speed, specificity, and robustness for the monitoring and control of industrial efficiency, unwanted pollutants, and greenhouse gases. In Phase I, the instrument will be demonstrated in a steel manufacturing plant operating under realistic conditions. In Phase II, the system will be deployed for long-term measurements and incorporated into a closed-loop system for real-time process control. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should lead to the development of instrumentation for monitoring combustion emissions (e.g., from power plants, furnaces, boilers, and incinerators); for the monitoring and control of industrial processes; for monitoring atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases; and for automotive engine diagnostics.

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