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University of Texas at El Paso
Calibration and Demonstration of<br/>wireless temperature sensing
Calibration and Demonstration of
wireless temperature sensing
Website:  University of Texas at El Paso
Award Number:  FE0011235
Project Duration:  07/01/2013 – 06/30/2016
Total Award Value:  $200,000.00
DOE Share:  $200,000.00
Performer Share:  $0.00
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology:  Sensors and Controls
Location:  El Paso, Texas

Project Description

This project will develop a pyroceramic wireless temperature sensor that is self-powered, completely passive, and low cost for energy applications. The current signal generated from the pyroelectric material upon heating will be wirelessly transmitted using a simple inductance based wireless sensing mechanism. A high Curie temperature pyroceramic material will be used to fabricate temperature sensors which will be tested over a range of environmental heating conditions up to 1200 ºC in a lab scale experimental setup. Effectiveness of wireless transmission of temperature data will be demonstrated.

Project Benefits

This project will develop a self-powered, low cost wireless temperature sensor capable of withstanding harsh environments. This advancement may help increase the affordability and efficiency of advanced power plants by allowing more accurate measurement of the conditions inside a gasifier or boiler to better control their operation. Ultimately, increased plant efficiency will reduce emissions and decrease the environmental impacts of fossil energy power systems.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Richard Dunst:
Technology Manager 
Susan Maley:
Principal Investigator 
Yirong Lin:


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