Technological Advancements and Innovations to Expand Applications of Chemical Sensors in Remote Environments

Developments of chemical sensors are fairly recent and have now opened up a new paradigm in technology-driven society. In recent years, chemical sensors have gained popularity in various industrial applications. Chemical sensors are increasingly being used in myriad applications such as gas composition analysis, industrial process monitoring, medical, national defense, onsite emergency disposal, and automobile engine control systems. Emerging areas of applications include environmental monitoring—indoor as well as outdoor—and homeland security in detecting chemical warfare agents.

Over the past years, the market for chemical sensors has benefitted greatly by the advancements in integrated electronics, design of new materials, and progress in processing tools. Driven by technological advancements, the chemical sensors market has witnessed the advent of miniaturized, cost-effective, and portable chemical sensors with novel designs. As a result, several promising product developments have emerged leading to the discovery of better detection of analytes and with high specificity. Expanding at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2016 to 2024, opportunities in the chemical sensors market is anticipated to reach US$24.8 bn by 2024.

Which end-use applications are expected to witness significant demand for chemical sensors?

The major end-use areas for the applications of chemical sensors are oil and gas, automotive, medical, agriculture, industrial, and environmental monitoring. Out of these, the oil and gas industry is the major application segment for chemical sensors. The market for oil and gas segment is expected to reach a valuation of US$6,334.6 Mn by the end of the forecast period. The growing demand for chemical sensors is attributed to substantial uptake of electrochemical sensors in detecting and monitoring the release of harmful gases and hazardous chemicals in the environment through production units. Several stringent regulations in various regions mandate the use of these sensors in continuous controlling and monitoring of fuels transported through pipelines so that any hazardous situation can be avoided.

Other prominent applications of chemical sensors are the automotive and industrial segments. The use of chemical sensors will grow at a significant pace over the forecast period. The intensifying government initiatives to regulate the release of toxic chemicals and pollutants in the environment is a crucial factor propelling the use of advanced chemical sensors for environmental protection and remediation.

Aerialtronics, a commercial manufacturer of unmanned aircraft system based in Netherland, and RAE Systems BeNeLux, a prominent provider of gas and radiation detection systems announced in May, 2017 a technology partnership that will help professionals in detecting invisible toxins in the environment. The collaboration will lead to the integration of Altura Zenith ATX8 UAS into the MultiRAE Pro and MiniRAE 3000 monitors by RAE Systems. First responders and site managers can effectively assess the potential hazmat (hazardous materials) risks in a variety of unstable environments from a safe distance. This will proactively enable them to prevent various threats from chemical gases and radiations.

Which regions are likely to witness substantial demand for chemical sensors?

The major regional markets for chemical sensors are North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. North America is a dominant market for chemical sensors as chemical sensors are widely used in the automobile sector for monitoring combustion related emissions. The growth of the regional market is fuelled by intensive research and development activities leading to product innovations and the soaring demand for chemical sensors in environmental monitoring. Meanwhile, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR over the forecast period. The growth will be driven by increasing penetration of chemical sensors in the defense sector and increasing awareness about environmental safety. 


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