Sonde Deployable Carbon Dioxide Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83891
Agency Tracking Number: 76321S04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 21
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Kebabian
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Charles Kolb
Title: Dr.
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution
76321-Predictions of global warming caused by human activities rely on complex models, which include time variable sources and sinks of atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide. Reliable modeling depends on the existence of accurate and frequently-taken atmospheric profiles of these greenhouse gases. As of now, no readily deployable carbon dioxide sensor exists for this task. This project will develop a balloon-sonde-deployable carbon dioxide sensor that weighs less than 100 grams, uses little power, and can respond to part per million changes in the ambient carbon dioxide concentration within 30 seconds. Phase I will involve a proof-of-principle demonstration of a laboratory prototype, leading to a preliminary design for a field-deployable sensor. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In the science community, the sensor should find use in the measurement of vertical atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration profiles, a data set critical to the development of global warming models. In the commercial sector, the sensor should provide an inexpensive and reliable method for monitoring carbon dioxide in building ventilation control systems.

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