Low-Cost Feedback Pollutant Control for Small Industrial Boilers

EPA Contract Number: EPD05040
Title: Low-Cost Feedback Pollutant Control for Small Industrial Boilers
Investigators: Silver, Joel A.
Small Business: Southwest Sciences Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2005 through August 31, 2005
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2005) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air Pollution , Air Quality and Air Toxics , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


This Phase I research project will develop a new, low-cost carbon monoxide sensor for small industrial burner feedback control systems that will help meet the regulatory goals of minimizing pollution and optimizing heat release for these systems. This device will permit precise control of the burner using a simple, fully solid-state optical sensor that employs microelectric mechanical systems technology and directly providing a feedback control signal to control the fuel-air ratio. In Phase I, Southwest Sciences, Inc., will test and evaluate this methodology on a laboratory-scale burner, and then evaluate it further for use in industrial boiler for Phase II development.

The successful completion of this project would lead to a simple, low-cost, rugged feedback control sensor suitable for a variety of industrial combustion platforms used to generate heat. It could be used with only minor modification to monitor other gases at parts per million concentration levels and would have commercial application beyond process control as a continuous emissions monitor for environmental and safety applications.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, feedback pollutant control, small industrial boilers, air pollution, optical sensor, monitoring, microelectric mechanical systems technology, continuous emissions monitor, EPA, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Environmental Chemistry, Monitoring/Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Engineering, monitoring, small industrial boilers, industrial burner feedback control, emissions monitoring, air pollution, analytical chemistry, carbon monoxide, emission control, gaseous emissions, industrial effluents, air quality, atmospheric chemistry

Progress and Final Reports:

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