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Systems and methods for measuring a parameter of a landfill including a barrier cap and wireless sensor systems and methods

United States Patent

March 6, 2007
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A method of measuring a parameter of a landfill including a cap, without passing wires through the cap, includes burying a sensor apparatus in the landfill prior to closing the landfill with the cap; providing a reader capable of communicating with the sensor apparatus via radio frequency (RF); placing an antenna above the barrier, spaced apart from the sensor apparatus; coupling the antenna to the reader either before or after placing the antenna above the barrier; providing power to the sensor apparatus, via the antenna, by generating a field using the reader; accumulating and storing power in the sensor apparatus; sensing a parameter of the landfill using the sensor apparatus while using power; and transmitting the sensed parameter to the reader via a wireless response signal. A system for measuring a parameter of a landfill is also provided.
Kunerth; Dennis C. (Idaho Falls, ID), Svoboda; John M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Johnson; James T. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 974,917
October 26, 2004
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 between Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.