Low cost hyperspectral measurement system to identify harmful materialsin construction and demolition (C&D) materialsEPA Contract Number: 68HERD19C0026
Title: Low cost hyperspectral measurement system to identify harmful materialsin construction and demolition (C&D) materials
Investigators: Harsh, Kevin
Small Business: Sporian Microsystems Inc.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Project Period: May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Project Amount: $99,995
RFA: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) PHASE I (2018) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Phase 1 (2019) , SBIR – Sustainable Materials Management
Because C&D materials constitute a significant waste stream, increasing the diversion of C&D materials, through recycling and reuse, is identified as an area of need in EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program Strategic Plan. Due to lack of technologies to quickly identify constituents, C&D-materials recyclers often dispose of potentially usable materials as a matter of precaution. There is a need for inexpensive technologies that can quickly identify potentially harmful constituents prior to deconstruction or in C&D recycling facilities to increase C&D materials recycling. Hyperspectral imaging is emerging as a non-destructive, real-time detection tool for industrial sensing for C&D materials inspection applications by utilizing a novel optical system designed using a set of low components to achieve cost, size, and performance goals. The Phase I effort will focus on: detailed design development, and proof of principle experimental testing/demonstration. The target market for the innovation is the construction and demolition industry as well as organizations that specialize in waste collection and materials recovery.