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World’s smallest flow sensor to be integrated into climate control and other smart systems

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOUK20200506001
Published
06/05/2020
Last update
13/05/2020
Expiration date
14/05/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Sensor Technology related to measurements
Controllers
Other diagnostic
Metering and monitoring
Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK start-up is developing the smallest gas flow sensor in the world. Despite the broad range of possible applications, lead times for new product development are short. The tiny sensor can be integrated into components and controls without much redesign. R&D and product managers in manufacturers of smart home and building systems (also wearables) are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Description

Description: 

A UK start-up is developing the smallest gas flow sensor (see the picture). The patented combination of materials, processes and design enables enhanced interaction of the sensing elements with the gas flow, resulting in measurements with high precision, a wide range, and fast response in a miniaturised package. The repeatability is good with no drift. Such sensors can be integrated like a microelectronics component.
The sensor has already generated interest in areas where current sensors are a bit bulky and not cost-effective, for example wearable medical sensors. The biggest market promises to be smart buildings where air flow sensing is only starting to happen at scale. The second picture illustrates some use cases. The small sensor can be fitted into PM2.5 (Particulate Matter: fine inhalable particles, with diameters of 2.5 micrometers and smaller), or filter-monitoring sub-assemblies or drive the functionality of the air conditioner or demand controlled ventilation unit.
The company wishes to collaborate with R&D and product managers of manufacturers of systems for smart buildings, air quality control, wearables etc. Evaluation kits are available for fast and smooth testing. The likely type of co-operation is commercial agreement with technical assistance. Upon real interest, supply can be ramped up quickly.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The miniature form allows for freedom of design, for the sensor to be integrated into existing systems quickly. New functionality and convenience will be added, and also quite new products enabled. At the same time, the tiny sensor surpasses many bigger counterparts in accuracy and range.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Type of partner sought: industry. Specific activity of partner sought: manufacturers of systems for smart homes and buildings, HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), appliances, wearables. Role of partner sought: with technical assistance from the UK company, to integrate the flow sensor into their designs.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

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Tiny sensor

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Use cases