Final Report: Full Scale Anemometer

EPA Contract Number: EPD11050
Title: Full Scale Anemometer
Investigators: McCammon, Patrick
Small Business: SkySight Technologies LLC
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011
Project Amount: $80,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2011) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Air Pollution

Description:

This research has developed an innovative anemometer that fills the technological gap for measuring real time airflow exhaust rates from large diameter fans used in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and other industrial applications. This small, lightweight, and inexpensive anemometer is intended for permanent installation on the fans to provide continuous high-precision airflow measurements.

Summary/Accomplishments (Outputs/Outcomes):

Testing conducted throughout the Phase I study has convincingly demonstrated that the SkySight Technologies’ Full Scale Anemometer (FSA) is indeed technically feasible and is comparable in accuracy with the industry standard Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS). During three independent test events, three prototypes demonstrated that the FSA is a high-precision airflow measurement device for single-speed fans.

Conclusions:

The SkySight Technologies’ Full Scale Anemometer development has been accomplished with an anemometer system projected to cost less than 1/10th of the current commercially available system. Further, it provides continuous flow data rather than the one-time spot data currently possible using the industry standard FANS system. The SkySight Technologies’ Full Scale Anemometer is a step function improvement in the current technology. Its low cost and its small profile create possibilities for more thorough and less intrusive airflow measurements in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and industrial applications.
 
Commercialization
Based on external market analysis, it is estimated there will be a market of 1,806 units for the Full Scale Anemometer in 2014; at the current estimated cost of $800 per FSA; that is a 2014 market opportunity of more than $1.4 million in sales. The estimated need increases to 55,299 units in 2018 ($44.2M sales). It is expected that gains can be made against the initial projected $800 per unit target, in response to identified possible commercial barriers. Potential partners for production and distribution of the FSA have been identified as well.

Supplemental Keywords:

Anemomeier, Direct, Continuous, airflow rate, emission rate, pollution, CAFO