The "Greenhouse Effect" is melting the icebergs every minute. By knowing the exact concentration of CO2, we can do something to reduce the atmosphere's CO2 level and to protect our earth. For that reason, DFRobot eningeer's designed a high quality CO2 sensor. This is the first CO2 sensor on the opensource hardware market. The output voltage of the module falls as the concentration of the CO2 increases. The potentiometer onboard is designed to set the threshold of voltage. Once the CO2 concentration is high enough (voltage is lower than threshold), a digital signal (ON/OFF) will be released.


Connecting Diagram

CO2 Sensor Diagram


How to use this module? It is very easy. You need to set potentiometer onboard to the threshold value. Just make the red led turn off. With the CO2 concentration is enough high to make the sensor output voltage higher than threshold value,the led will be turned on. If you connect a buzzer to the module(right side), you will hear the alarm.


This module is an electrochemistry sensor, you should calibrate it before actual measurement. You should provide stable power to this module, and the sensor will heatup while working. Please put this module into an area where the air is clean. After continuous working for about 48 hours, you can measure the output voltage of this module. Then modify the defination in the code with the voltage value(unit:V) divide by 8.5.

#define         ZERO_POINT_VOLTAGE           (voltage/8.5)

For example, the voltage you measured from the module is 2.4V, then 2.4/8.5=0.282. So modify the defination as below:

#define         ZERO_POINT_VOLTAGE           (0.282)

After the modification, upload the sample code to your Arduino board.

Sample code

/*******************Demo for MG-811 Gas Sensor Module V1.1*****************************
Author:  Tiequan Shao:
         Peng Wei:

Lisence: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Note:    This piece of source code is supposed to be used as a demostration ONLY. More
         sophisticated calibration is required for industrial field application.

                                                    Sandbox Electronics    2012-05-31

/************************Hardware Related Macros************************************/
#define         MG_PIN                       (A0)     //define which analog input channel you are going to use
#define         BOOL_PIN                     (2)
#define         DC_GAIN                      (8.5)   //define the DC gain of amplifier

/***********************Software Related Macros************************************/
#define         READ_SAMPLE_INTERVAL         (50)    //define how many samples you are going to take in normal operation
#define         READ_SAMPLE_TIMES            (5)     //define the time interval(in milisecond) between each samples in
                                                     //normal operation

/**********************Application Related Macros**********************************/
//These two values differ from sensor to sensor. user should derermine this value.
#define         ZERO_POINT_VOLTAGE           (0.220) //define the output of the sensor in volts when the concentration of CO2 is 400PPM
#define         REACTION_VOLTGAE             (0.030) //define the voltage drop of the sensor when move the sensor from air into 1000ppm CO2

float           CO2Curve[3]  =  {2.602,ZERO_POINT_VOLTAGE,(REACTION_VOLTGAE/(2.602-3))};
                                                     //two points are taken from the curve.
                                                     //with these two points, a line is formed which is
                                                     //"approximately equivalent" to the original curve.
                                                     //data format:{ x, y, slope}; point1: (lg400, 0.324), point2: (lg4000, 0.280)
                                                     //slope = ( reaction voltage ) / (log400 –log1000)

void setup()
    Serial.begin(9600);                              //UART setup, baudrate = 9600bps
    pinMode(BOOL_PIN, INPUT);                        //set pin to input
    digitalWrite(BOOL_PIN, HIGH);                    //turn on pullup resistors

   Serial.print("MG-811 Demostration\n");

void loop()
    int percentage;
    float volts;

    volts = MGRead(MG_PIN);
    Serial.print( "SEN0159:" );
    Serial.print( "V           " );

    percentage = MGGetPercentage(volts,CO2Curve);
    if (percentage == -1) {
        Serial.print( "<400" );
    } else {

    Serial.print( "ppm" );

    if (digitalRead(BOOL_PIN) ){
        Serial.print( "=====BOOL is HIGH======" );
    } else {
        Serial.print( "=====BOOL is LOW======" );



/*****************************  MGRead *********************************************
Input:   mg_pin - analog channel
Output:  output of SEN-000007
Remarks: This function reads the output of SEN-000007
float MGRead(int mg_pin)
    int i;
    float v=0;

    for (i=0;i<READ_SAMPLE_TIMES;i++) {
        v += analogRead(mg_pin);
    v = (v/READ_SAMPLE_TIMES) *5/1024 ;
    return v;

/*****************************  MQGetPercentage **********************************
Input:   volts   - SEN-000007 output measured in volts
         pcurve  - pointer to the curve of the target gas
Output:  ppm of the target gas
Remarks: By using the slope and a point of the line. The x(logarithmic value of ppm)
         of the line could be derived if y(MG-811 output) is provided. As it is a
         logarithmic coordinate, power of 10 is used to convert the result to non-logarithmic
int  MGGetPercentage(float volts, float *pcurve)
   if ((volts/DC_GAIN )>=ZERO_POINT_VOLTAGE) {
      return -1;
   } else {
      return pow(10, ((volts/DC_GAIN)-pcurve[1])/pcurve[2]+pcurve[0]);