Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) of the National Science Foundation lately awarded Bakman Technologies Inc. a grant to develop a low-cost, high-performance, UAV mounted Terahertz (THz) spectrometer. These ‘THz Drones’ will likely be employed to carry out spot measurements of the concentrations of a broad vary of gases that contribute to air pollution and world warming. They could make measurements proper on the level of emission permitting location-specific, real-time, detection.
“We are extremely grateful to the NSF for recognizing the importance and potential our Terahertz technology has for combating the global problem of air pollution,” states Dr. Joseph R. Demers, the CEO of Bakman Technologies. “Because of the atmospheric science that has already occurred, our ‘THz Drones’ will be able to make an impact in a very short amount of time.”
“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” mentioned Barry Johnson, Director of the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”
The Phase I SBIR/STTR grant award permits Bakman to turn out to be eligible to use for a Phase II grant (as much as $750,000). If obtained, Bakman may then acquire as much as $500,000 in extra matching funds with qualifying third-party funding or gross sales.
NSF accepts Phase I proposals from small companies twice yearly in June and December. Small companies with progressive science and expertise options, and industrial potential are inspired to use. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program bear a rigorous merit-based overview course of.
Here is a video courtesy of Bakmna Technologies: