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Xerox’s PARC Arm to Develop Methane Leak Detector for Energy Department

PARCXerox (NYSE: XRX) company PARC has secured an undisclosed amount of government funds to develop a printed sensor array for energy sector customers to detect methane gas.

The sensors will be made of carbon nanotubes modified with dopants and coatings that are designed to react differently to various gases and to produce unique patterns for users to match to the 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.”

The funds will come from the Energy Department-run Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions program.

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