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Welcome to Paradigm Sensors LLC.

Quality is of utmost importance in the biodiesel industry. Paradigm Sensors, LLC, a Wisconsin-based, early-stage company, is positioned to help assure quality of biodiesel fuel with its proprietary impedance spectroscopy (“IS”) technology

The intellectual property for the IS sensor was purchased from Marquette University, where it was developed by three PhD engineers and an internationally recognized PhD analytical chemist. Paradigm Sensors technology lies in the analysis of IS data.  Paradigm Sensors products utilize proprietary correlations between key IS parameters and biodiesel composition and characteristics.

Paradigm’s i-SPEC™ Q-100 biodiesel handheld analyzer, the Company’s first product, will enable users to test in the field for total glycerin (in accordance ASTM 6751 specification limits prior to blending), methanol, and acid number as well as measure diesel/biodiesel blend percentages. This will position Paradigm Sensors for its IS-based, in-line, multiple-parameter characterization sensors, which will allow real-time analysis of fluids.

“It’s critical that the fuel (biodiesel) meet the specifications. An off-specification batch can create problems and a bad batch of fuel can be devastating (for growth of industry).”

Jenna Higgins
National Biodiesel Board

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Background

Economic, political, and environmental concerns are generating strong motivations for the accelerated development of alternative energy sources.

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One major area of interest is biofuel – internal combustion engine fuels derived from living organisms vs. petroleum-based fossil fuels.  Two important biofuels are biodiesel, an alternative to diesel fuel derived from sources such as soybeans, and ethanol, an alternative to gasoline derived from sources such as corn.

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