Microthermal Gas Meter Modules for Smart Gas Meters
The innovative microthermal gas meter modules from Sensirion enable gas consumption to be reliably monitored in real time at ultra-low power consumption. They feature dust resistance and excellent long-term stability, and achieve MID accuracy class 1.5. Furthermore, they enable the design of very compact MID-compliant gas meters for easy installation in the field, with no moving parts and therefore noiseless operation. Sensirion’s microthermal gas meter modules are the ideal choice for high-volume residential and industrial smart gas metering applications.
Sensirion’s microthermal sensor technology has been installed for years in industrial and residential gas meters. In Europe, more than 1 million smart gas meters rely on Sensirion's microthermal gas meter modules. Sensirion’s microthermal technology features self-diagnosis capabilities and lays the foundation for future implementation of energy content monitoring of natural gas.
The advantages of Sensirion's innovative gas meter modules are driving forward the smart energy industry.
Revolutionizing the Gas Metering Industry
Natural gas is a valuable natural resource that we consume in many everyday situations without being aware of it. Imagine if you were able to seamlessly monitor your gas consumption, enabling full control of energy costs and conscious use of gas resources.
Sensirion's sensor technology makes this possible! With our innovative gas meter modules based on microthermal technology, we are revolutionizing the gas metering industry.
Microthermal Gas Metering Technology - Key Features
Certified for H and L Gas
Sensirion microthermal technology measures volume flow of natural gas and achieves MID accuracy class 1.5. It is certified according to OIML R 137 and EN 14236 for natural gas, type H and L.
Sensirion microthermal technology is in use in more than 1 million smart gas meters and has a track record of billions of hours of reliable gas metering in the field.
Microthermal flow modules allow compact and thus cost-efficient gas meter products for easy installation in the field.
Sensirion microthermal flow modules rely on the economies of scale of the proven CMOSens® Technology and are price competitive compared with all other MID-approved metering technologies.
Static Technology - no moving parts
The microthermal sensing principle is a static metering technology with noiseless operation and no wear of mechanical parts.
Low Power Consumption
Sensirion microthermal technology leads to very low power consumption in gas metering applications, thus allowing the use of compact and affordable batteries in gas meter products.
Ready for the Future
Sensirion microthermal technology is ready for the future with gas meter self-diagnosis and gas network diagnosis capabilities. Furthermore, the microthermal measurement principle lays the foundation for future implementation of real-time energy content monitoring of natural gas.
Complete Design-In Solution
Sensirion is the first and only company in the industry to offer a Complete Design-In Solution from a single source, which helps customers to integrate the certified standard products SGM70xx into gas meter products in a fast and easy way.
The company's support package ranges from evaluation certification of the sensor modules to a partner network for gas meter components. Furthermore, Sensirion offers its customers detailed documentation on how to mechanically integrate the sensor module into a gas meter product and provides an electronic reference design for easy implementation and verification of the sensor-relevant firmware.
Make use of the Sensirion evaluation certificate to gain MID approval easier and faster for gas meter products that use Sensirion gas meter modules as the core metrological unit.
Electronic Reference Design
Use the Sensirion electronic board, including sample code, as a reference during implementation of the sensor-relevant firmware code for a microthermal gas meter.
Integrate Sensirion gas meter modules into gas meter products quickly and efficiently, thanks to Sensirion’s extensive collection of detailed documentation.
Perform a basic technology evaluation of Sensirion’s microthermal gas modules using the convenient evaluation kit, including readout software.
Benchtop Measurement Set-Up
Perform flow characterization of Sensirion gas meter modules with Sensirion’s compact R&D benchtop set-up for flow measurement.
Benefit from Sensirion’s network in the gas meter component industry.
Sensirion's Gas Meter Modules win Smart Energy Innovation Award
Sensirion has won the Smart Metering Innovation Award at the 8th European Smart Energy and Utility Summit 2017. The jury recognized Sensirion for revolutionizing and moving forward the industry of gas metering with its innovative gas meter modules, based on the microthermal technology. Read the complete press release.
Evaluation Certification according to EN 14236 and OIML R 137
Sensirion's gas meter modules have achieved an evaluation certfication in accordance with the harmonized standard EN 14236 and the normative document OIML R 137 for natural gas, types H and L. The evaluation certificate was issued by NMi, one of the leading notified bodies in Europe for type approval examination and certification of measuring instruments. This evaluation certificate makes it easier and faster for gas meter manufacturers to obtain MID approval for gas meters that use Sensirion microthermal gas meter modules as core metrological unit. Read the complete press release.
Microthermal Measurement Principle
At the heart of every Sensirion gas meter module is a MEMS-based calorimetric micro sensor, which measures the flow of natural gas using the thermal measurement principle. The sensor element is located on a membrane and consists of a micro-heater and upstream and downstream temperature sensors. The gas flow over the membrane causes a heat transfer to the temperature sensor positioned downstream, and as a result of the temperature difference creates a precisely measurable signal. The sensor element is integrated with the signal conditioning electronics, including memory for calibration data, on a single CMOSens® chip.