December 7th, 2021 – 8:54 am
MCI Management Center Innsbruck
Five HTLs in Carinthia and six HTLs in Tyrol receive high-precision CO2 sensor kits from Infineon Austria and the MCI in Innsbruck. The student teams use it to build CO2 traffic lights that can be ventilated and thus reduce the risk of infection. A total of 300 classrooms will be equipped.
Indoor CO2 levels are an important indicator of air quality. Especially in the current pandemic, this value can help curb the spread of viruses and keep schools going. Regular cross and shock ventilation of the classes is therefore also provided for in the requirements of the Ministry of Education – in addition to ongoing tests and wearing masks. But when is it time to ventilate? Infineon and the MCI provide CO2 sensor kits free of charge for 11 technical educational institutions in Carinthia and Tyrol in order to use modern technology to draw attention to timely ventilation in the classroom.
Creating a benefit with education and know-how
In the spirit of ‘learning by doing’, the young technology talents build their own air quality measurement systems with Infineon sensors, warn of dying of excessively high CO2 concentrations and thus reduce the risk of virus transmission.
Learning in a healthy indoor environment is particularly important in times like these. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Austria: “With our initiative we want to enable a healthy and safe learning atmosphere in the classroom and promote young talents in their technical training. The pupils as well as the teachers are actively involved and can combine the knowledge of several subjects – from electronics, electronics, and connect it with health-related topics. This calls for cooperation, strengthens team spirit and creates digital solutions that benefit the entire school. “
Precise sensor wrong air quality and saves energy
The heart of the CO2 sensor is an Infineon module based on the XENSIV PAS Technology. It is precise, reliable and continuously checks the CO2 level. In addition, other parameters such as temperature, humidity and air pressure are measured. As soon as a limit value is exceeded, an alarm can be triggered over a CO2 traffic light. According to the Ministry of the Environment, the CO2 – including the carbon dioxide concentration – should be a maximum of 1,000 ppm (parts per million – 0.1 percent by volume) on average in the classrooms. Since the concentration of aerosols through which the virus is transmitted correlates with the concentration of CO2, the CO2 sensor can help people in buildings and indoor spaces to meet again in safe conditions – whether in the office, at school or At home.
“In our innovation laboratory, the“ Emerging Applications Lab ”, which we run jointly with Infineon, we have created an easy-to-use system solution and have already installed it in 12 lecture halls in Innsbruck: another 50 lecture halls are in preparation. With the display of the CO2 value, we have an objective yardstick for the energy-efficient supply of fresh air, we can ventilate as needed and avoid unnecessary energy losses, especially in winter. We are happy to pass this practical research know-how on to schools, ”says MCI Rector Andreas Altmann.
MINT talents and schools network
In Carinthia, the HTL in Villach, Klagenfurt Mössingerstrasse and ladenstrasse, Wolfsberg and Ferlach are involved. In Tyrol the HTL Innsbruck Trenkwalderstraße, in Jenbach, Kramsach, Lienz, Imst and IKA Reutte. In school, the pupils learn to build and program a CO2 traffic light under the guidance of the teachers. This enables them to deepen their hardware and software knowledge, create a digital design with LED lights and acoustic signals, control the system and expand it into an Internet of Things platform. For this purpose, a comprehensive developer forum was set up in order to network and develop knowledge and ideas for further innovations. Digital technologies offer real added value for education and collaboration.
Smart building management at HTL Villach
The school team at HTL Villach goes one step further: The CO2 sensors are not only used in the classes, but are also integrated into the technology of the building renovation that is currently underway. Networking with the infrastructure control concept enables automated and profitable data acquisition and data evaluation for the entire school. In this way, the noise level could also be measured in the future.
This practical collaboration between industry and education shows how with the MINT-Fans mAthematics, IComputer science, nnatural sciences and Technik smart solutions for topics on the cutting edge are created. It is an active contribution to the practice-oriented training of qualified technical specialists in the region.
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About Infineon Austria
Infineon Technologies Austria AG is a subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG, one of the world’s leading providers of semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and more environmentally friendly. Microelectronics from Infineon reduces the energy consumption of consumer electronics, household appliances and industrial systems. SIE makes a significant contribution to the comfort, safety and sustainability of vehicles and enables secure transactions in the Internet of Things.
Infineon Austria bundles the competencies for research & development, manufacturing and global business responsibility. The head office is in Villach, with further branches in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Vienna. With 4,820 employees (2,100 of them in research and development) from 73 nations, the company achieved 3.9 billion euros in the 2021 financial year (as of September 30). With a research expenditure of 516 million euros, Infineon Austria is one of the strongest research companies in Austria.
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