SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Vaporsens and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality will team to deploy a distributed network of chemical sensors in the Bountiful area to provide real-time monitoring data of critical outdoor air toxins, such as formaldehyde. The 2-year project began March 1, 2018.
The project is funded by a Community Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, aimed at utilizing emerging technology to improve air quality monitoring in communities.
Current monitoring methods require air samples to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. After analysis, the laboratory provides a written report with pollution information. The delay in receiving pollution information can inhibit the decision-maker’s ability to proactively intervene or alert the public. The Vaporsens sensor network will offer continuous, real-time measurements of air toxins at a lower cost. The EPA sponsored grant will provide $330,765 in funding for this project. The objective of the grant is to evaluate emerging technology for improved community air quality monitoring.
The 2-year project will include 24 hour continuous monitoring in three strategic locations in the Bountiful area. Bountiful was chosen because a previous study indicated elevated levels of toxins.
“It is a pleasure to announce the collaboration between Vaporsens and the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ). Vaporsens’ innovations in real-time detection technology allow communities and citizens to live safer, healthier lives. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the committed team at the Division of Air Quality, and to provide technology that will benefit the people of Utah.” Angela Mitcham, director of partnerships, Vaporsens.
Steve Packham, toxicologist for the Utah Division of Air Quality said, “Our ability to protect human health and the environment depends on having a clear picture of how much pollution is in the air and where it comes from. This collaborative research funded by EPA with Vaporsens has the potential of replacing our current 24h-average snap shot pictures of pollution with a video cam live streaming of the pollution picture from nanomaterial sensors.”
Vaporsens is a privately held company and is the technology leader in nanofiber chemical sensors. The company provides scientific R&D services, and manufactures chemical sensors and sensor instruments for the detection of gas and vapor phase chemicals.