Integrated Sensors for Water Quality


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

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.

Contact Information

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

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