Diode laser sensor for methane detection on an unmanned aerial vehicle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90589
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
83864
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
17 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000760
Small Business Information
NM, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505-3993
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153579891
Principal Investigator:
MarkPaige
Dr.
(505) 984-1322
mpaige@swsciences.com
Business Contact:
AlanStanton
Dr.
() -
astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Ambient methane makes a substantial contribution to the greenhouse gas effect. Rapid, widespread accurate measurements of ambient methane concentration are needed to include in environmental models. D.O.E. is particularly interested in methane measurements in the Arctic where rapid climatic change is occurring. Southwest Sciences proposes to develop a compact, lightweight diode laser sensor for methane that can be flown on a small unmanned aerial vehicle. This sensor will operate in the 3300 nm region using a high sensitivity optical absorption technique. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The proposed sensor will be used for accurate measurements of ambient methane. Aside from environmental measurements, this technology will be useful for natural gas leak detection, both air and ground based. The aerial platform developed could also be applied for detection of other gases by using a different laser.

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