Gas sensors are the most viable equipment to use as a safety device during gas leakage in environment. Gas leakage detection takes place when the gas particles in a particular area increase more than predefined acceptable standards. Portable and non-portable gas sensors both are expected to witness the significant market growth in near future. Some of the major segments where gas sensors are used are automotive industries, process industry, industrial applications, building automation and medical application.
Increased demand from the Asia-Pacific region and government’s safety regulations to increase the demand for gas detection devices are expected to drive the gas sensors market growth. Technical & cost issues are expected to restraint the market growth over the forecast period. Recently emerged green concept building provides the major opportunity for gas sensors market growth in coming years.
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Key product segment includes carbon monoxide (CO) sensors, oxygen (O2) sensors, carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors, NOx ammonia (NH3) sensors, methane (CH4) sensors, hydrogen sensors and hydrocarbon sensors. Oxygen sensors are used in automotive space to detect oxygen leakage in vicinity. Sensors monitor oxygen concentration in the vehicle’s exhaust and also they can be installed in engine management systems to control the mix of fuel and air. Hence increasing vehicle production is expected to impact on the growth of the gas sensors market over the forecast period. Methane gas sensors are used to measure gas leakage of compressed natural gas (CNG) in atmosphere. Residential segment is expected to drive the market growth of these gas sensors. MQ-4 and MQ-6 are the examples of methane gas sensors. Carbon dioxide sensors are expected to witness the high growth due to its usage in food storage segment. Food storage segment uses chemical gas sensing and infrared gas sensing technologies to detect increasing spoilage. Carbon monoxide sensors implemented with infrared technology are also expected to witness the significant growth due to its usage in packaging and food storage. NOx sensors are also used in automotive segment to ensure regulatory compulsions. NOx sensors are expected to be the fastest growing sensors segment globally due to the adoption of government regulations for automotive industry.
Major technologies used in gas sensors are semiconductor, electrochemical, infrared, PID (Photoionization detectors), solid state/metal oxide semiconductor (MOS), catalytic, paramagnetic and thermal conductivity. Electrochemical gas sensors deal with toxic gas concentration detection using oxidation process with the leaked gas. Electrochemical sensors found application in segments such as emission control as indoor air quality and fill gas detection, although such gas sensor is unsuitable for high pressure or low temperature conditions. Basically, electrochemical gas sensors are preferred due to multiple gas detection capability with effectiveness as well as cost efficiency, expected to expel the market growth.
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Semiconductor sensors measure the change in resistance of a semiconductor material after coming into contact of leaked gas. These sensors are cost efficient, detect combustible and toxic gases. Semiconductor material gas sensors are expected to drive the market growth due to its ideal usage in industries provided with resistance against corrosion and longer life. Infrared gas sensing technology deals with the detection of various gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as butane, benzene and acetylene. However this sensor is costlier than electrochemical gas sensor which is expected to restraint infrared gas sensor market. The life span of these sensors is more in absence of chemical reactions, which is expected to drive the growth of the gas sensor market.
End-Use industry Insights
End use industries of gas sensor market include oil, gas & chemicals, food & beverage, buildings & construction, water treatment, healthcare among others. Other sectors are educational institutes and research & development labs. In healthcare industry, gas sensors are used to measure oxygen gas concentration for anaesthesia gas in ventilators and incubators. In addition to that, they help to detect carbon monoxide in lung operation tests and NOx in inhaled nitric oxide therapy, which is going to impact the market growth positively over forecast period. Furthermore, manufacturing industries uses gas monitoring process to prevent certain adverse situations, increasing the demand for the gas sensors.
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Government assistance for health and safety of workers is going to further drive the demand for gas sensor technology expelling the market growth in coming years. In automotive segment, gas sensor helps to improve safety applications. Also, hybrid vehicles make use of hydrogen gas sensors, which is anticipated to drive the market growth in coming six years.
Asia Pacific is expected to have the largest market share in coming years due to increasing automobile market. Increasing demand for handheld devices integrated with gas sensors, has boomed the market growth globally. Furthermore, In Europe, energy efficiency initiatives and emission control standards in automotive segment are expected to drive the gas sensor market in coming years. Growth in end-use segment is expected to spur the gas sensor market growth globally.
Mine Safety Appliances Co., Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGAA, Testo AG, Industrial Scientific Corporation, ABB Ltd, Honeywell International Inc., Afriso-Euro-Index G GASD, Ametek Inc., Hitech Instruments Ltd, California Analytical Instruments Inc., Figaro Halma Plc, Engineering Inc., Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Emerson Electric Co., GE Measurement & Control, Gasmet Technologies OY, Enerac Inc., Trolex Ltd, Xtralis Pty. Ltd and Horiba Ltd are the key players in gas sensor market.
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