Sensirion stands for smart energy: With our innovative gas meter modules based on microthermal technology, we are driving forward the gas meter industry. Our goal is to make the world smarter and more comfortable, and to conserve resources. For example, our gas meter modules allow gas consumption billing in real time, and provide more transparent and better control options for energy utilities and end-users – thus reducing long-term gas consumption and prolonging equipment service life. Sensirion offers sensor solutions for gas meters, gas stoves, pellet stoves, fuel cells and gas boilers.
Benefits for utilities and end users
More than 1 million smart gas meters with Sensirion’s microthermal gas meter modules are currently operated in Italy and Germany by more than 50 major utilities. The deployment of Sensirion’s gas meter modules started in 2012 and is recording a fast growing installation base. Numerous pilot projects are running at leading utilities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US, with the goal of establishing Sensirion’s gasmetering technology worldwide.
Self-diagnosis and anti-tampering
The microthermal measurement principle is based on the measurement of physical properties of natural gas. As such, it allows detection of the presence of water in the gas network or the presence of air, which could be the sign of a leak or a tampering attempt. These features contribute to end-users’ safety and help utilities to monitor the health status of their infrastructure efficiently.
Static technology – noiseless operation
The microthermal sensing principle is a static metering technology with noiseless operation, which can be very important for end-users if the gas meter is installed directly in their apartment. This is also beneficial for utilities, as complaints about noise disturbance are
reduced and they avoid expensive exchange of noisy gas meters in the field.
Low power consumption
Sensirion microthermal technology leads to very low consumption in gas metering applications, thus allowing the use of compact and affordable batteries in gas meter products. Microthermal gas meters can also be operated over the entire period of application without the need to replace batteries. This makes them very economic for
utilities, as they can avoid expensive maintenance work in the field.
Ecological awareness and accurate billing
Sensirion gas meter modules measure the flow of gas at MID accuracy and enable real-time profiling of gas consumption. This raises end-users’ awareness of the impact of their behavior on the consumption of natural resources. Furthermore, the output of the gas meter modules is automatically compensated for temperature, and thus allows fair and accurate billing of gas consumption.
Easy installation and logistics
Sensirion’s microthermal gas meter modules allow the design of very compact and cost-efficient gas meter products for easy installation in the field for both residential and C&I applications. Even in very confined space conditions, microthermal gas meters fit easily, and they are also very lightweight. Both these features help utilities to reduce logistics costs before and during installation.
Every day, millions of end-users rely on Sensirion’s microthermal technology in demanding automotive, life-critical medical and appliance and laboratory applications. Long-term reliability is proven by independent laboratory tests and certifications. In the gas industry, utilities benefit from the remarkably high reliability and robustness of Sensirion’s gas meter modules at very attractive costs.
Ready for the future
Today, billing of natural gas is based on the measurement of volume of consumed natural gas. Sensirion’s microthermal measurement principle has the potential to go one step further. It lays the foundation forfuture implementation of direct energy content monitoring of natural gas in real time.
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.