Recognising 20 years of Gas Flow Innovation

Jan 13, 2015

Gas_Meter.jpg2015 marks 20 years since the Gill R&D Ultrasonic Gas Flow Meter was awarded the 27th MacRobert Award for UK innovation in engineering. 

Gill Research & Development partnered with British Gas to develop the first ultrasonic gas meter with no moving parts,
which was to be installed to measure gas flow into domestic properties. The meter, designed and developed by Gill R&D, was also future-proofed with communication and pairing capabilities.

The innovative meter used the properties of sound to measure the flow of gas. The meter measured the speed of a high-frequency sound (or ultrasound) both with and against the gas flow and calculated the gas flow from the difference between the two readings.

Intelligently, the meter contained an optical port to connect to the developing internet and could be fitted with a radio transmitter so it could be read remotely, opening the way to smart metering.

The meter also incorporated advanced safety and security features, such as a detector that could switch off the gas flow in the event of a fire and the ability to detect tampering with the meter.

Recognised for its breakthrough in measurement technology innovation, the Gill and British Gas Ultrasonic Gas Flow Meter won the MacRobert Award in 1995.  The same technology has been applied by Gill R&D into various other applications across the Gill Group and other customers including Gill Instruments’ extensive range of ultrasonic anemometers and Gill Sensors and Controls’ air, gas, and liquid flow meters.

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