Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Regular research article
26 Jul 2021
Regular research article |  | 26 Jul 2021

Low-power sensor node for the detection of methane and propane

Benedikt Bierer, Dario Grgić, Olena Yurchenko, Laura Engel, Hans-Fridtjof Pernau, Martin Jägle, Leonhard Reindl, and Jürgen Wöllenstein

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Detection of flammable gases is necessary to avoid explosive atmospheres. Commercial pellistors require an operation temperature above 450 °C for the detection of methane. We present a novel wireless low-power catalytic gas sensor system based on non-precious metal catalyst for the detection of methane and propane operated at 350 °C. The combination of a MEMS-based sensor with a low-power radio system provides the opportunity to monitor complex infrastructures without using a power grid.