Electrochemical, Multi-gas Air Quality Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2013-00475
Agency Tracking Number: 2013-00475
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
89 RUMFORD AVE, Auburndale, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mourad Manoukian
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0527
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
Animal agriculture is a $100 billion per year industry in the United States (Copeland, 2010). Livestock and poultry are raised on an estimated 1.3 million farms throughout the nation. About 238,000 of these farms are considered animal feeding operations (AFO)-agricultural enterprises where animals are kept and raised in confinement that result in emissions to the air of particles and gases such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide. Emission sources include, barns, feedlot surfaces, manure storage and treatment units, animal composting structures and other smaller sources, but air emissions come predominantly from the microbial breakdown of manure stored in pits or lagoons and spread on fields. To control these air polluting emissions and to achieve improved air quality, various federal agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have shown strong interest and support to develop and test new and improved air quality monitoring technologies for the purpose of better process control, from farming operations, and improved air quality. Based on this very important need, Giner, Inc. proposes to study and evaluate the feasibility of designing and fabricating a simple-to-operate, selective and solid-polymer electrolyte-based, thick-film electro & shy;chemical multi-gas microsensor module (sensor cell with integrated potentiostatic control and signal-processing circuit) for continuous monitoring of hydrogen sulfide and nitrous oxide from animal agriculture operations. The multi-gas microsensor will be designed for accurate and rapid (less than 30 seconds for 90% of full response, T90) detection of hydrogen sulfide and nitrous oxide concentrations in the range of 0 to 300 ppm. The proposed sensor will be evaluated over the temperature range of 1o to 50oC and relative humidity range of 5% to 95%.

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