NTM Sensors Receives U.S. Department of Energy Funding to Develop Sensor for NOX Emissions Monitoring

NTM Sensors, a division of NexTech Materials, Ltd., is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an exhaust NOX sensor for improved monitoring of diesel exhaust after treatment systems.  NTM Sensors' technology leverages a unique electro-catalytic effect to rapidly and selectively measure NOX at very low concentrations in combustion exhaust streams.  The sensor offers a substantial advantage in both detection resolution and response time over commercial NOX sensors, with a targeted range of 1 to 1000 ppm and response time of less than 200 milliseconds.  In this project, NTM Sensors will leverage its NOX sensing technology to develop a low cost device for accurate quantification of total NOX emissions in diesel passenger cars and heavy duty trucks. 

"NTM Sensors is pleased to have our NOX sensor technology selected for further development by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We are excited to be participating in the development of technology that enables continued reduction of environmentally harmful emissions and extremely gratified that DOE has placed their confidence in us to deliver on this project," says Dr. Lora Thrun, Director of Operations.

With increasingly stringent regulation of nitrogen oxide emissions, there is a world-wide need for better NOX sensor products.  Environmental regulation, especially in areas of severe NOX non-attainment areas such as in Southern California and Texas, are driving demand for improved NOX abatement and monitoring technology for diesel transportation, off-road, and industrial markets.  The technology developed in this project will result in a sensor with improved performance and lower cost than commercial sensors, enabling lower emissions and improved competitive pricing to vehicle and equipment manufacturers. 

About NTM Sensors

NTM Sensors, a division of NexTech Materials, Ltd., has a vision to be a global supplier of technologically advanced gas sensors, by productizing sensor innovations for energy and environmental markets.  NTM Sensors was formed in 2010 as a business unit of NexTech Materials.  With several products in the pipeline and a robust technology portfolio, NTM Sensors continues to develop and offer new products for the advanced energy and emissions markets.  NTM Sensor’s team of scientists and engineers has many new products that will be offered worldwide, and we can also help our customers develop products specific to their needs.  For more information, please visit www.ntmsensors.com.

About NexTech Materials

NexTech Materials, Ltd., located in Lewis Center, Ohio, is a leading developer and supplier of materials, components and services for the fuel cell and related industries and is dedicated to reducing the manufacturing and operating costs of fuel cells and other electrochemical devices. NexTech is developing technology used in fuel cell stacks for military and residential power applications, sensors for gas detection and control systems, catalysts for energy conversion systems, and coatings for high temperature metal protection. Founded as a privately held company in 1994, the organization has enjoyed 18 straight years of business growth with more than 600 customers located in over 50 countries. NexTech’s vision is to be a global leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative products for energy and environmental markets.  For more information, please visit www.nextechmaterials.com.

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