In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a benchtop-style CO2 meter using our EZO-CO2™ Embedded Carbon Dioxide Sensor connected to an Arduino Uno. The real-time readings will be shown on a liquid crystal display (LCD) in PPM. Both the sensor and display are connected to the Arduino via I2C.
This device was developed and tested using a Windows computer. It was not tested on Mac. This CO2 sensor is for gaseous CO2 only, do not submerge!
Before we begin have the following items readily available
b) Mount the Arduino into place and secure it to standoffs with screws.
c) Add the sensor bridge and secure it with a screw.
d) Connect the sensor bridge to the Arduino using the male-to-male jumper wires as shown in the wiring diagram.
e) Next, install the CO2 sensor using a (3/4″ NPT) locknut and O-ring and plug the data cable into the sensor bridge. Be sure to align the white and blue wires of the data cable with the corresponding labels on the bridge.
f) Insert the LCD into the enclosure’s cover. (You can use some hot glue to help hold it in place).
g) Connect the LCD to the sensor bridge using the male to female jumper wires following the wiring diagram.
h) Using the A – B male/male USB cable, connect the Arduino Uno to your computer and open the Arduino IDE software. It’s time to get the code onto the Arduino.
Make sure your Arduino IDE libraries are up to date
Add the EZO I2C library
To download the Ezo_I2c library file, click HERE. Click on the green “Code” button, then click “Download Zip” as shown in the image below
*Don’t unzip this file!
Import the.ZIP file to your Arduino IDE. To import the.ZIP file go to Sketch > Include Library > Add.ZIP Library
Install the Adafruit Liquid Crystal library
In the IDE go to Sketch > Include Library > Manage Libraries
Lookup “Adafruit LiquidCrystal” in the search bar of the Library Manager
Click on Install
Flash Arduino with the code
a) Open the code by going to File > Examples > EZO_I2C_lib-master > Examples > Projects > arduino_co2_meter
b) Set the target CPU to flash: Tools > Board > Arduino AVR Boards > Arduino Uno
c) Select the port to which your Arduino is connected: Tools > Port > COM “X” (comport address will change from user to user)
d) Compile and flash the code to the Arduino. Once completed you should see the CO2 readings on your serial monitor (append carriage return only and set the baud rate to 9600) as well as the LCD. Adjust the screen contrast of the display as needed using the nob on the i2c backpack.
a) Unplug the device from your computer and screw the top and bottom portions of the enclosure together to complete the assembly.
b) You can now power the meter with an external 12V barrel jack supply. Congratulations, you now have a benchtop Co2 Meter ready to go!
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