A new miniature greenhouse gas sensor called MINIGAS is being developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The super-sensor will be less than an inch long, twice as sensitive as current sensors and cheaper too.
In fact, the European Union has such high hopes for this sensor, they've invested $3.6 million in the project and created a consortium or European companies and research organizations to aid in its development.
In addition to greenhouse gases, the sensor will be able to detect explosive vapors and chemical agents like nerve gas, making it useful for governments in homeland security systems. Environmentally conscious consumers will also be able benefit from the sensor since cost effectiveness is a high priority.
No word yet on a timeline for the sensor's release, but it's encouraging to know that European governments will be the first in line to use it.
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written by sikantis, October 30, 2008
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