Low cost ammonia sensor for agricultural emissions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2012-00184
Agency Tracking Number: 2012-00184
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
MESA PHOTONICS, LLC
1550 PACHECO ST, Santa Fe, NM, 87505-4634
DUNS: 607619223
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Bomse
 (505) 216-5015
 dbomse@mesaphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Daniel Kane
Title: CEO and Founder
Phone: (505) 216-5015
Email: djkane@mesaphotonics.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Ammonia gas that is emitted from agriculture can create health problems for workers and, surprisingly, for people far from the agricultural operation. Once released into the air, the ammonia undergoes a series of chemical reactions that lead to small particles (known as PM2.5) that are inhaled deep into people's lungs. Those particles can trigger asthma and are linked to increased risk of heart attacks. It is important, therefore, to keep track of ammonia emissions. But, existing ammonia measurement methods are expensive and often do not work well at agricultural sites that are often very dusty. Mesa Photonics plans to develop reliable and inexpensive ammonia analyzers that are suitable for use in agriculture.

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