Need to keep track of the airflow in your data center or around your servers? How about making sure your HVAC and air control systems are functioning at full capacity? Well, the SparkFun FS3000-1015 Air Velocity Sensor Breakout can help you with all that and more! It's super easy and super quick (Qwiic!) to hook up.
This breakout board is focused around Renesas' FS3000-1015, a surface-mount air velocity module with a range of 0-15m/s (0-33.6mph), which is twice as much as the FS3000-1005. It utilizes a MEMS thermopile-based sensor, features a digital output with 12-bit resolution and comprises a “solid” thermal isolation technology and silicon carbide coating to protect it from abrasive wear and water condensation.
We've written an Arduino library to help you get started quickly. You can download the library through the Arduino library manager by searching 'SparkFun Air Velocity' or you can get the GitHub repo as a .zip file and install the library from there.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
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Very pleased to see SF offer FS3000 sensor. Easy to use; works well across several (Teensy, SF Artemis, ESP32) boards. Bench tests at 0-15 m/s look good. I added one to bicycle system: once pavement clears I can compare to GPS-derived speeds. I intend to install a second on case or pylon of small wind turbine.
It was on sale, so figured why not pick one up? I've always been a bit interested in installing it my air handler to collect data relative to knowing about the health of my furnace. I connected it to a WeMOS D1 board, and using the Sparkfun libraries I had it "functional" in about 10 minutes. Tied in into my Rpi system running MQTT and it works great, on the bench. Still working on figuring the best way to install it in the air path and take data over a month to determine if it can tell me when to change the filter or determine if the air flow is constant. I'll add a OLED display when I mount it in the utility room so at a glance you can see what the air flow is. So between monitoring the air handler temperature and the air flow I can have an idea of looking for failures. Adding in a bit of ML may also be in the cards to reduce the WiFi traffic. Bottom line, it works as advertised on the bench at least.