XeroxÂ (NYSE: XRX) company PARC has secured an undisclosed amount of government funds to develop a printed sensor array for energy sector customers to detectÂ methane gas.
The sensors will be made of carbon nanotubes modified with dopants and coatings that are designed to reactÂ differently to various gasesÂ and to produceÂ unique patterns for users to match to theÂ signature of a specific gas, PARC said Wednesday.
“We are very excited about this project, ” said David Schwartz, project lead and manager of energy devices and systems at PARC.
“It’s a perfect example of how printed sensor systems can provide new capabilities and enable applications with real positive impact.â
The funds will come from the Energy Department-run Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energyâs Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions program.