EPA Announces Albuquerque Spectral Sensor Solutions among recipients of over $ 3 million in funding for small business owners to develop environmental technologies


DALLAS – (Dec. 14, 2021) Today the EPA announced a grant of $ 3,089,894 to 30 American small businesses to develop novel technologies to address pressing environmental and health problems. Among them is Spectral Sensor Solutions LLC of Albuquerque, NM for a continuous monitoring system to map the spatial distribution of methane concentration and emissions over large areas.

“As new technologies continue to change the world rapidly, our country’s small businesses are leading the way when it comes to using these technologies to meet today’s environmental challenges.” said Wayne Cascio, Deputy Assistant Assistant Administrator in the EPA’s Research and Development Office. “We’re excited to see these small businesses bring innovative ideas to market and help revolutionize the way we improve our environment, public health and the economy.”

The EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program runs an annual, two-phase competition for funding. The 30 small businesses below will receive up to $ 100,000 of Phase I funding for six months to proof of concept of their proposed technology. Companies that complete Phase I can then apply for Phase II funding of up to $ 400,000 to further develop and commercialize their technology.

The following small businesses received EPA SBIR Phase 1 awards:

Clean and safe water

  • Infinite Cooling (Somerville, MA) For a technology to recover water from cooling tower plumes using electric fields.
  • Michigan Aerospace Corporation (Ann Arbor, Michigan) for Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology to improve the operation of stormwater management infrastructure.
  • Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. (San Diego, California) For an intelligent sensor approach to automate and optimize agricultural water reuse.
  • Triangle Environmental Health Initiative (Durham, NC) For a compact, modular system for the fast, fully automatic treatment of domestic gray water for the reuse of non-potable water on site.
  • Triple Ring Technologies (Newark, Calif.) For a portable environmental sensor used to quickly isolate and identify microplastics for a better understanding of microplastic pollution.
  • Unearth Technologies Inc. (Seattle, Washington) For a geospatial platform for mapping and inspecting underground infrastructures to increase the efficiency of lead line replacement.

Air quality

  • Entanglement Technologies, Inc. (San Bruno, Calif.) For a platform for the rapid analysis and detection of low level ethylene oxide in ambient air.
  • Freedom Photonics (Santa Barbara, CA) For a novel spectroscopy system for monitoring volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the detection of concentrations of air pollutants in real time.
  • Ohio Lumex Company, Inc. (Solon, Ohio) for a sorbent trap process for continuous emission monitoring of metal-polluting air pollutant (HAP) emissions.
  • Physical Sciences Inc. (Andover, MA) For a laser technology for the continuous quantitative monitoring of methane emissions from oil and gas storage tanks.
  • TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge, Colorado) For a novel, inexpensive radon abatement system using the most modern metal-organic framework sorbent.

Homeland security

Sustainable materials management

  • Cinterest LLC (East Rochester, NY) for a low carbon wall panel that provides improved insulation, soundproofing, and moisture management compared to current drywall options.
  • CleanRobotics, Inc (Longmont, Colorado) For an automated waste sorting system at the disposal site to improve the collection and sorting of recyclable materials.
  • Ecotune, Inc. (Irvine, California) For a fully compostable packaging film made from renewable resources using green chemistry and non-toxic manufacturing processes.
  • GreenLifeTech Corporation (Banner Elk, NC) For an automated retail food preservation system to reduce food waste.
  • Imvela Corp (Brooklyn, NY) for a novel bio-preservative system to reduce food waste by improving the shelf life of dairy products.
  • IsoTruss Inc. (Provo, Utah) For a reinforced concrete foundation for telecommunication towers to increase resistance to natural disasters.
  • Kamilo, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.) For a recycling supply chain measurement system to track and increase the value of recycled plastic, resulting in increased investment in collection and sorting.
  • KLAW Industries LLC (Binghamton, NY) for a novel process to reuse waste glass for high-performance, low-carbon concrete.
  • Rheaply, Inc. (Chicago, Illinois) for software technology to promote material reuse with construction stakeholders and decarbonization efforts in connection with every transaction of reclaimed material.
  • USEFULL Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) for reusable container technology that empowers businesses, colleges, and closed circles to avoid single-use food and beverage products.
  • Veriflux Corp (Washington, DC) For a data platform to track waste across waste supply chains to identify new reuse opportunities and enforce environmental compliance.
  • Zabble Inc. (Walnut Creek, California) For a campaign management platform to create a zero waste concept for the healthcare industry.

Safer chemicals

  • Cypris Materials, Inc. (Berkeley, Calif.) – Fora color platform technology to help eliminate unwanted by-products and reduce environmental costs associated with paint and ink.
  • Geometric Data Analytics, Inc. (Durham, NC) for a technology that provides wind speed and expected drift forecasting to better plan pesticide use, reduce the incidence of off-target drift, and increase awareness of drift potential .
  • Kebotix, Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – Using a machine learning platform to develop pigment alternatives that do not produce polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic by-products.

Risk assessment

  • InferLink Corporation (El Segundo, CA) For a software system for automated, systematic reviews of the scientific literature on chemical risks.

The EPA is one of eleven federal agencies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a competitive program that helps small businesses develop and commercialize technological solutions. This program stimulates high-tech innovation and encourages small businesses to meet the country’s research and development needs.

To learn more about the EPA’s SBIR Phase I winners, please visit: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/689/records_per_page/ALL

To learn more about the EPA’s SBIR program, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/sbir

Learn more about the federal SBIR program: www.SBIR.gov

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