An approach to utilize a grid of EMF potentiometric CO 2 sensors in a ultra low power wireless sensor networ k

Authors C.F.M. van Rijn, Erik Puik, J.F. van der Bent
Publication date 2 December 2010
Research groups Smart Systems for Healthy Living
Type Article


from the article: The demand for a wireless CO2 solution is ever increasing. One of the biggest problems with the majority of commercial available CO2 sensors is the high energy consumption which makes them unsuitable for battery operation. Possible candidates for CO2 sensing in a low power wireless application are very limited and show a problematic calibration process. This study focuses on one of those EMF candidates, which is a Ag4RbI5 based sensor. This EMF sensor is based on the potentiometric principle and consumes no energy. The EMF cell was studied in a chamber where humidity, temperature and CO2 level could be controlled. This study gives an detailed insight in the different drift properties of the potentiometric CO2 sensor and a method to amplify the sensors signal. Furthermore, a method to minimize the several types of drift is given. With this method the temperature drift can be decreased by a factor 10, making the sensor a possible candidate for a wireless CO2 sensor network.

Language English
Key words DSP, digital signal processing, potentiometric, EMF, amplifier, ultra low power, temperature compensation

Erik Puik

Smart Systems for Healthy Living