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Low cost hyperspectral measurement system to identify harmful materials in construction and demolition (C&D) materials
Profile last edited on: 3/3/2021

Program
SBIR
Agency
EPA
Total Award Amount
$399,910
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Kevin F Harsh
Activity Indicator

Company Information

Symbios Technologies LLC (AKA:Symbios Technologies Inc)

3185 Rampart Road
Fort Collins, CO 80523
   (970) 492-4418
   justin@symbiostechnologies.com
   www.symbiosplasma.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   04
County:   Larimer

Phase I

Phase I year
2019
Phase I Amount
$99,995
Because C&D materials constitute a significant waste stream, increasing the diversion of C&D materials, through recycling and reuse, is identified as an area of need in EPA’s Sustainable materials management (SMM) Program Strategic Plan. Due to lack of technologies to quickly identify constituents, C& D-materials recyclers often dispose of potentially usable materials as a matter of precaution. There is a need for inexpensive technologies that can quickly identify potentially harmful constituents prior to deconstruction or in C&D recycling facilities to increase C& D materials recycling. Hyperspectral imaging is emerging as a non-destructive, real-time detection tool for industrial sensing and inspection processes. The long term goal of the proposed work is to realize a hyperspectral measurement system for C&D materials inspection applications by utilizing a novel optical system designed using a set of low cost components to achieve cost, size, and performance goals. The Phase I effort will focus on: an in-depth study of how the technology can and should be adapted for use within C&D materials inspection applications; detailed design development, and proof of principle experimental testing/demonstration. The target market for the innovation is the construction and demolition industry as well as organizations that specialize in waste collection and materials recovery.

Phase II

Phase II year
2020 (last award dollars: 2020)
Phase II Amount
$299,915
Because C&D materials constitute a significant waste stream, increasing the diversion of C&D materials, through recycling and reuse, is identified as an area of need in EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program Strategic Plan. Due to a lack of technologies to quickly identify harmful constituents, C&D-materials recyclers often dispose of potentially usable materials as a matter of precaution. There is a need for inexpensive technologies that can quickly identify constituents prior to deconstruction or in C&D recycling facilities. In addition, equipment that can improve sorting efficiency for all C&D waste is desirable.