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Performer:  Sporian Microsystems, Inc. Location:  Lafayette, CO
Project Duration:  06/08/2015 – 08/24/2018 Award Number:  SC0013863
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies Total Award Value:  $1,164,896
Key Technology:  Water Management R&D DOE Share:  $1,164,896
Performer Share:  $0

Top: System architecture.<br/>Bottom left: MIP signaling versus mercury concentration.<br/>Bottom right: Buoy hardware design concept.
Top: System architecture.
Bottom left: MIP signaling versus mercury concentration.
Bottom right: Buoy hardware design concept.

Project Description

There is growing emphasis on reducing or maintaining the water use footprint in the energy sector. One of the requirements for effectively managing water use is monitoring through reliable, real-time, measurement-based data of water quality/composition within treatment systems and bodies of water associated with power generation facilities. Many existing water quality sensor technologies are large, difficult to install or deploy, and expensive, which inhibits utilities’ ability to deploy a network of such sensors. What is needed is the development of an integrated water sensor package that is low-cost, rapidly-deployable, wireless, and self-powered, that can relay real time relevant in-situ water measurements. Ideally such hardware would simultaneously monitor multiple water quality factors and contaminants at a reduced overall cost. Phase I work of this project involves preparing, optimizing, and characterizing imprinted polymer (IP) systems, evaluating IP film fabrication methodologies, and experimentally evaluating/demonstrating IP sensing performance with Sporian's existing sensor system hardware.

Project Benefits

This technology could support reducing or maintaining the water‐use footprint in the energy sector. A successful outcome of this project could provide real-time measurement-based data for water management with great reliability and low-cost deployment. As well, this technology could be highly attractive for monitoring sanitary water for consumption or processes that affect water use and need a sensor to assure proper contamination monitoring and abatement especially in the energy, industrial/agricultural, civilian drinking water, and wastewater monitoring sectors.

Presentations, Papers, and Publications

  • Integrated Sensors for Water Quality (March 2017)
    Presentation by Laurel Frediani, Sporian Microsystems, Inc., Project Review Meeting for Crosscutting Research, Gasification Systems, and Rare Earth Elements Research Portfolios, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Integrated Sensors for Water Quality (April 2016)
    Poster by Laurel Frediani, Sporian Microsystems, Inc., 2016 NETL Crosscutting Technology Research Review Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Omer R. Bakshi:
Technology Manager Briggs White:
Principal Investigator Kevin Harsh: