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CCS811 digital gas sensor and Arduino example

In this example we will connect a CCS811 gas sensor to an arduino, lets look at the sensor

CCS811 is a low-power digital gas sensor solution, which integrates a gas sensor solution for detecting low levels of VOCs typically found indoors, with a microcontroller unit (MCU) and an Analog-to-Digital converter to monitor the local environment and provide an indication of the indoor air quality via an equivalent CO2 or TVOC output over a standard I2C digital interface.

Features

Integrated MCU
On-board processing
Standard digital interface
Optimised low power modes
IAQ threshold alarms
Programmable baseline
2.7mm x 4.0mm LGA package
Low component count
Proven technology platform

Specs

Interface I²C
Supply Voltage [V] 1.8 to 3.6
Power Consumption [mW] 1.2 to 46
Dimension [mm] 2.7 x 4.0 x 1.1 LGA
Ambient Temperature Range [°C] -40 to 85
Ambient Humidity Range [% r.h.] 10 to 95

Parts List

 

 

Amount Part Type
1 CJMCU-811 CCS811 Air Quality Gas Sensor
1 UNO R3 CH340G/ATmega328P, compatible for Arduino UNO R3

 

 

Schematics/Layout

 

Remember and connect WAKE to gnd

arduino and ccs811 layout

arduino and ccs811 layout

 

arduino and ccs811 schematic

arduino and ccs811 schematic

Code

Again we use a library this is the adafruit one – you can use the library manager and add this.

And this is the out of the box example

#include "Adafruit_CCS811.h"
Adafruit_CCS811 ccs;
void setup() {
Serial.begin(9600);
Serial.println("CCS811 test");
if(!ccs.begin()){
Serial.println("Failed to start sensor! Please check your wiring.");
while(1);
}
//calibrate temperature sensor
while(!ccs.available());
float temp = ccs.calculateTemperature();
ccs.setTempOffset(temp - 25.0);
}
void loop() {
if(ccs.available()){
float temp = ccs.calculateTemperature();
if(!ccs.readData()){
Serial.print("CO2: ");
Serial.print(ccs.geteCO2());
Serial.print("ppm, TVOC: ");
Serial.print(ccs.getTVOC());
Serial.print("ppb Temp:");
Serial.println(temp);
}
else{
Serial.println("ERROR!");
while(1);
}
}
delay(500);
}

 

Output

Open the serial monitor – this is what I saw. The higher CO2 level was when I breathed on the sensor

CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:28.28
CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:47.75
CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:25.00
CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:26.49
CO2: 1228ppm, TVOC: 126ppb Temp:25.68
CO2: 575ppm, TVOC: 26ppb Temp:9.59
CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:26.49
CO2: 400ppm, TVOC: 0ppb Temp:105.81

 

Video

In this video we import the library, we compile and program the Arduino and then we open the serial monitor. The higher reading is when I blew on the sensor

Links

ccs811 datasheet

CJMCU-811 CCS811 Air Quality Gas Sensor

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