BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Remote sensing systems, often powered by fuel cells, represent a sleeper market for small and low-wattage renewable and alternative energy systems. Such systems are used in many applications, including wind power stations, earthquake and tsunami monitoring sites, and weather stations, but their primary end-use is in the oil and gas industry. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual worldwide revenue from remote sensing power systems will grow from $923 million in 2013 to more than $1.5 billion in 2020.
“The market for gathering data for the proactive measurement of facilities such as dams, flood warning systems, oil wells, wind and large-scale solar farms is rapidly increasing,” said Kerry-Ann Adamson, research director with Navigant Research. “Driven by the oil and gas industry, this market is growing at a particularly strong pace in Africa and the Middle East. However, due to the support of government agencies in the United States and their growing number of weatherization programs, North America will continue to lead in terms of the regional deployment of remote sensing systems.”
The technologies underlying these remote sensing systems include light detection and ranging (LIDAR) for wind power stations and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for the oil and gas industry, as well as remote monitoring using telemetry for environmental applications. Primarily used in very remote locations, these systems are increasingly required to be self-contained, in terms of power and performance, for many months at a time. The goal, according to the report, is to allow site autonomy of one year or more.
The report, “Off-Grid Power for Remote Sensing Applications”, examines the market for remote sensing systems using renewable or alternative energy, focusing on remote sensing, LIDAR, and SCADA systems. Market drivers and barriers for the use of renewable or alternative energy systems are detailed, along with specific factors at work in the oil and gas industry. Market forecasts for unit shipments and for revenues, segmented by application, are provided through 2020. The report also includes profiles of key industry players. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.
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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, “Off-Grid Power for Remote Sensing Applications,” is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.