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Mining Contract: Intrinsically Safe Low-Power Methane Wireless Sensors for Mapping of Methane Gas Clouds

Contract #200-2015-63806
Start Date8/17/2015
Research Concept

This contract aims to develop intrinsically safe, low-power-consumption methane sensors integrated with a wireless sensor network.

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Contract Status & Impact

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The contractor, GE Global Research Center, will develop a low power methane sensing material combined with a new multivariable sensor platform for methane quantitation in the presence of interferences from other gases and water vapor. The sensor platform will be integrated into a wireless sensor node network and validated through field tests.

The proposed technology has four components: (1) a new type of sensing material to detect methane up to a concentration of 5% methane-air, (2) a new multivariable sensor to recognize different responses and interferences, (3) data analytics for enhanced low level methane detection and temperature compensation, and (4) a wireless sensor node network.