High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for Background Methane

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG133R-03-CN-0046
Award Id:
62024
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-100
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 850, Starkville, MS, 39760
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Michael Smith
Principal Investigator
(662) 324-2800
GLOBAL941@aol.com
Business Contact:
Michael Smith
President
(662) 324-2800
GLOBAL941@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Improved sensors for Methane are needed to implement national and international programs that will better mankind¿s understanding of global warming and associated climate change. The proposing company has developed a baseline sensor; its detection limit is 23 ppb, or 1% of Methane¿s background (1800 ppb). With the proposed improvements, this sensor will exceed the levels of performance posed by DOC subtopic 8.1.1R: sensitivity of 10 ppb, low maintenance for extended periods at field sites, less than one liter (NTP) of reference gas per day, and negligible response to platform motion. The technique is NonDispersive InfRared applied to the narrow (4 cm-1) Q-Branch of Methane at 3.315 ¿m. In addition to this choice of absorption band, there are many technical innovations that make the instrument functional. But, in summary, the most important innovation will be the system¿s ability to provide informative observations of background Methane from a global network of field sites at an affordable price.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government