Since the invention of the transistor fifty
years ago, the electronics industry has virtually exploded. With
the invention of the integrated circuit engineers, were able to
fit entire electronic systems onto a single small piece of mono-crystalline
silicon. This same basic concept can be adopted to make small, high-performance,
low-cost mechanical structures, including a variety of detection
sensors used in the automotive industry.
This project aimed to develop improved micromechanical
gas sensors and fluid metering devices. The new components are energy-saving,
operating at low voltage, and are also simpler to fabricate, which
results in material savings. They are also easier to integrate into
existing electronic systems, requiring no additional power source.
A high dynamic range of fluid metering
has been achieved, reducing the number of meters dedicated to a
given operating condition in a gas network, leading to a 15% increase
in competitiveness through costs savings. Partners have generated
over 1.7 million euro in turnover targeting the public gas networks
market, especially in the US.