High Performance Low Power Electrochemical CO2 Gas Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER90239
Agency Tracking Number: 98691
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 04 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
Kwj Engineering Incorporated
8430 Central Avenue, Suite C, Newark, CA, 94560-3453
DUNS: 803066802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Carter
 Dr.
 (510) 405-5911
 mcarter@kwjengineering.com
Business Contact
 Melvin Findlay
Title: Mr.
Phone: (510) 405-5911
Email: mfindlay@kwjengineering.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The overall success of future carbon cycle management will depend in part on reliable carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring to support carbon cycle measurements. This SBIR Phase I proposal addresses development of an advanced, amperometric CO2 sensing technology that combines novel electrochemical electrolytes and a new screen-printed gas sensing device to provide a unique, low cost, low power, high performance tool to support carbon cycle management. Such an alternative technology to more costly instrumental approaches does not exist at this time. The new amperometric gas sensor proposed here will provide a new tool for qualitative, quantitative and spatial measurement and mapping of CO2 in the air. The design of the amperometric device will allow CO2 concentration changes to be identified reliably in the presence of typical ambient background CO2 levels. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: New, improved CO2 monitoring methods with reduced production cost and improved sensitivity will provide measurement alternatives in a variety of fields. Technology that supports carbon cycle measurements will also benefit the nascent CO2 sequestration industry with long term efficacy evidence and liability protection. The new, low cost, low power, high performance sensor will benefit a variety of customers that rely on CO2 measurements, including the food and beverage, medical diagnostics, ventilation control systems and indoor air quality monitoring.

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