Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Survey Report

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Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Survey Report

Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Survey Report

June 2013


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The distributed fiber optic sensor market is forecast to be $622 million in 2013. Decreases associated with reduced government spending were compensated for by distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) systems market penetration. In 2017, the market is projected to be $1.525 billion with 73% associated with the oil and gas segments, according to the Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Survey Report.

The Photonics Sensor Consortium in conjunction with Light Wave Venture was started in 2003 as an independent organization to assist in the market development and commercialization of photonic sensor technology. The primary focus has been on distributed fiber optic sensors. Over the last 10 years, the Consortium has tracked the market and provided overall projections and market analysis for active participants. This report is the first to be available to the general photonics industry.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Applications graphic

Why is there such a strong interest in this technology? Fiber optic sensors represent a technology base that can be applied to a multitude of sensing applications. There are several characteristic advantages of fiber optics that make their use especially attractive for sensors:

  • Nonelectrical
  • Explosion-proof
  • Small size and weight
  • Allow access into normally inaccessible areas and harsh environments
  • Immune to radio frequency interference (RFI) and electro-magnetic interference (EMI)
  • Solid-state reliability
  • High accuracy
  • Can facilitate distributed sensing

Most physical properties can be sensed optically with fibers. Light intensity, displacement (position), temperature, pressure, rotation, sound, strain, magnetic field, electric field, radiation, flow, liquid level, chemical analysis, and vibration are just some of the phenomena that can be sensed.

Fiber optic sensors have been used successfully for many years in military gyroscopes and hydrophones. However, their use in smart oil wells has been the key to enabling North America to be on a path to energy independence.

Table of Contents

Photonic Sensor Consortium Background

Survey Overview

  • The focus is distributed fiber optic sensing systems
  • Wide range of responses from companies with sales of less than $1 million to companies with sales well in excess of $30 million
  • Projected sales growth in 2012
  • Projected sales growth in 2012 2015
  • Most companies use multiple technologies
  • Most prominent barrier to growth
  • Most companies address multiple market segments, but energy is the dominant market
  • 77% offer sensing systems, while 50% offer installation services

Survey Response

  • What was the size of your sensor business in 2011?
  • What is the anticipated growth in 2012?
  • What is your anticipated growth from 2012 to 2015?
  • What market segments do you serve?
  • What technologies do you use?
  • What products or services do you offer?
  • What is the biggest barrier to growth?

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market Update

  • Sensor Forecast Methodology
  • Sensor Forecast Coverage

  • The forecast covers distributed fiber optic sensing systems including sensor elements, fiber optic cables, interrogators and software. It does not include installation. The markets covered are defined below:
    • Worldwide market excluding China
    • Market segments covered
      • Oil & gas seismic
      • Oil & gas in-well
      • Oil & gas pipelines
      • Wind energy turbines
      • Geothermal
      • Utility power lines
      • Military hydrophone
      • Military security
      • Military shipboard
      • Homeland security intrusion / chemical
      • Infrastructure
      • Industrial process control
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Market Update(Comparing Relative Market Segment Growth)
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market by Technologies
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Forecast Comparisons

What Happened to the Market?

  • Oil & Gas
  • Wind Turbines
  • Smart Grid
  • Smart infrastructure
  • Military
  • Industrial

Summary and Conclusions

Several factors have impacted the distributed fiber optic sensor market growth.

  • On the positive side
  • On the negative side

Profiles of Select Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Companies

  • Baker Hughes
  • CGGVeritas
  • Fiber SenSys
  • FISO Technologies
  • Fotech
  • IFOS
  • Intelligent Optical Systems
  • Halliburton
  • LIOS Technology
  • Luna
  • Micron Optics
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NP Photonics
  • Opsens
  • Optiphase
  • OZ Optics
  • Petrospec Engineering
  • PGS
  • QinetiQ
  • Schlumberger
  • TGS
  • Weatherford
  • Zeibel

Technology Overview

  • Background
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Systems

Figure 1 Classification of Optical Fiber Sensors by Transducing Approach

Figure 2 Mach Zehnder Interferometer

Figure 3 Fiber Bragg grating sensor system

Figure 4 Concept of Fiber Optic Distributive Sensors Based on Scattering

Figure 5 Components common to all fiber optic sensors

Figure 6 Classification of optical fiber sensors according to their topology

Figure 7 Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor

Figure 8 Optical scattering mechanisms used for sensing applications

Figure 9 Fiber optic distributed sensors


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