Adaptable Sensor Packaging for High Temperature Fossil Fuel Energy Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$99,610.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-05ER84213
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
DE-FG02-06ER06-09
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
79714S05-I
Solicitation Topic Code:
11
Small Business Information
Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
4699 Nautilus Court South, Suite #201, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Wenge Zhang
 Mr.
 (303) 516-9075
 wenge@sporian.com
Business Contact
 Bill Garrett
Title: Mr.
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Email: Brian@sporian.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
79714S Avanced, integrated control systems will be essential to achieving the cost and performance targets of high-efficiency, low emissions fossil-fuel plants. Sensors based on Micro-electric-mechanical-systems (MEMS) and other types of micro-sensors will play an important role by providing critical real-time measurements that are needed for optimizing these processes. While the sensing elements have been demonstrated, what is missing is packaging to protect the micro-sensors from harsh environments, allow the sensors to be exposed to the gas stream, and interface the sensors with high temperature electronics, housing, and hardware. This project will develop a standard, engineered-testing package, with an integrated protective housing, for using micro-sensors in high temperature harsh environments. Phase I will evaluate existing technologies and materials, determine the suitability of novel materials and processes, identify a preliminary package and housing design, identify an optimal fabrication process, and evaluate associated cost and manufacturability tradeoffs. The final deliverables will include a preliminary package and housing design, as well as a defined fabrication process that will lay the foundation for Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: An array of physical and chemical sensing micro-sensor technologies for high temperature energy generation applications should play an important role by optimizing the conversion of fossil fuel for power generation. The result would be a significant increase in plant efficiency, lower emissions, and low maintenance and operating costs.

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