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Environmental Gas Sensors 2018-2028

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Environmental Gas Sensors 2018-2028
Published: May 11, 2018 Content info: 164 Slides

The market for gas sensor will reach $3,100 million by 2028.

Poor air quality causes more deaths annually than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. A lack of low cost environmental monitoring equipment prevents individuals from taking action to improve air quality. Currently environmental monitoring methods are expensive and provide low spatial coverage, making their usefulness to individuals limited.

Sensors are based on tried and tested technology, new methods of manufacture are enabling smaller, lower power and more selective sensors. This has led to a tipping point in the industry, enabling the integration of sensors into low cost devices and into everyday consumer electronics such as mobile phones and wearable devices. In the future, a range of detection principles will be used to assess the wide range of pollutants in the environment. By 2028, more than 700 million sensors will be used in mobile phones.

At the same time, sensors will play a key role in IoT development and will be used extensively in smart home and smart city programmes. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, air purifiers, smart windows and other applications will employ sensors to improve the quality of life of individuals across the world. We expect a growing market for gas sensors used in smart homes and smart cities.

In this report, we forecast the market for environmental gas sensors from 2018 to 2028. The atmospheric pollutants under examination include CO2, volatile organic compounds, NOx, Ammonia, SO2 and CO. Many pollutants exist at similar concentrations in the region of parts per billion (ppb). Consequently, there is a greater need for selective sensors in environmental monitoring. Another main focus is the particle pollutant of micron size, as the concern of smog is growing.

This report covers biosensors based on techniques of:

  • Pellistor gas sensor
  • Infrared gas sensor
  • metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) gas sensor
  • electrochemical gas sensor
  • and optical particle monitor (OPM) gas sensor

These techniques were compared with the traditional methods such as ultraviolet adsorption or filter dynamics measurement system. Gas sensors present an opportunity to attain good spatial coverage on environmental information, unobtainable with traditional monitoring methods. Microelectromechanical systems and screen printing techniques open the door to miniaturising these sensors, which is the key for the future use of these gas sensors

The market forecast is based on six major market segments:

  • automotive
  • air purifier
  • smart devices (mobile)
  • smart home
  • smart city
  • and wearables.

The environmental sensor market is currently dominated by the automotive industry, where sensors are used to automate air flow into the drivers' compartment. Over the coming years, IDTechEx expect to see large increases in sales across several new markets, primarily to the mobile device and air purifier industries.

We provide a list of main manufacturers of gas sensors, and a SWOT analysis of ten. We also give a comprehensive study on current available devices that using gas sensor to monitor environment, including sensors in mobile devices, wearable, air purifiers, automobiles, smart cities and to measure indoor air quality.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  • 1.1. New technology is unlocking the market
  • 1.2. Major market segments
  • 1.3. Key players in each sensor type
  • 1.4. Trends by detection principles


  • 2.1. The global challenge of air pollution
  • 2.2. Effects of outdoor air pollution
  • 2.3. Indoor air pollution is also an issue
  • 2.4. The seven most common atmospheric pollutants
  • 2.5. International air quality standards
  • 2.6. Need for environmental monitoring
  • 2.7. Types of environmental sampling
  • 2.8. Potential uses for low cost air quality monitors


  • 3.1. Current pollution monitoring instruments are costly
  • 3.2. Gas sensors offer an alternative
  • 3.3. Sensor industry
  • 3.4. History of chemical sensors
  • 3.5. Concentrations of detectable atmospheric pollutants
  • 3.6. Environmental sensing in industrial facilities
  • 3.7. Five common detection principles for gas sensors
  • 3.8. Introduction to pellistor gas sensors
  • 3.9. Introduction to infrared gas sensors
  • 3.10. Introduction to metal oxide (MOS) gas sensors
  • 3.11. Introduction to electrochemical gas sensors
  • 3.12. Introduction to optical particle detection
  • 3.13. Current research in gas sensors: carbon nanotubes
  • 3.14. Current research in gas sensors: zeolites
  • 3.15. Current research in gas sensors: graphene
  • 3.16. Transition to new manufacturing methods
  • 3.17. Energy harvesting technologies for gas sensors
  • 3.18. Sensors in comparison with traditional equipment
  • 3.19. Limitations of gas sensing devices


  • 4.1. Miniaturized sensors: a tipping point in the market
  • 4.2. Sensor fabrication using MEMS manufacturing
  • 4.3. Flat electrochemical sensors
  • 4.4. Comparison between classic and miniaturised sensors
  • 4.5. Miniaturisation of pellistor gas sensors
  • 4.6. Miniaturisation of infrared gas sensor
  • 4.7. Miniaturisation of electrochemical gas sensors
  • 4.8. Miniaturisation of MOS gas sensors
  • 4.9. Comparison of miniaturised sensor technology


  • 5.1. The gas sensor value chain
  • 5.2. List of gas sensor manufacturers
  • 5.3. Recent acquisitions in the gas sensor industry
  • 5.4. Sensor manufacturer business models
  • 5.5. Porters' five force analysis of industry
  • 5.6. Quality assurance for environmental monitoring equipment
  • 5.7. SWOT analysis of 10 manufacturers
  • 5.8. Future challenges for sensor manufacturers


  • 6.1. The mobile device industry
  • 6.2. Suitable detection principles for mobile devices
  • 6.3. Consumer interface for gas sensing data
  • 6.4. Challenges for sensor integration into smartphones
  • 6.5. Future market opportunities in the mobile device sector


  • 7.1. The wearable technology industry
  • 7.2. Sensor integration in wrist wear
  • 7.3. Technology requirements of wearable sensors
  • 7.4. Wearable sensors as part of modular wrist straps
  • 7.5. Environmental sensor integration in fashion accessories
  • 7.6. Future opportunities for wearable sensors


  • 8.1. Indoor air quality
  • 8.2. Sources of indoor air pollutants
  • 8.3. Effects of CO2 exposure on decision making
  • 8.4. Home and office monitoring: a connected environment
  • 8.5. Current smart home monitoring vendors
  • 8.6. Sensors to direct HVAC systems
  • 8.7. HVAC systems in buildings
  • 8.8. Future opportunities for IAQ monitoring
  • 8.9. Challenges for indoor air quality measurement


  • 9.1. The global air purifier market
  • 9.2. Methods of air purification
  • 9.3. Suitable miniaturised detection principles for air purifiers
  • 9.4. Challenges in indoor air quality monitoring


  • 10.1. Automobile pollution: a global epidemic
  • 10.2. Air quality sensors safeguarding passengers
  • 10.3. Car mounted sensors monitoring air pollution in Mexico City
  • 10.4. Challenges for automobile gas sensing
  • 10.5. Future opportunities for automobile gas sensors


  • 11.1. Introduction to smart cities
  • 11.2. Fixed vs mobile sensing networks
  • 11.3. Personal vs private networks
  • 11.4. Current city wide pollution monitoring programmes
  • 11.5. Current smart city air monitoring projects
  • 11.6. Calculated air quality measurements
  • 11.7. Transport based sensing of environmental pollutants
  • 11.8. Airborne pollution sensing
  • 11.9. Mobile monitoring: sensors on bicycles
  • 11.10. Traffic monitoring with gas sensors
  • 11.11. Array of things project - Chicago
  • 11.12. Anatomy of an outdoor sensor node
  • 11.13. Challenges for smart city monitoring
  • 11.14. Future opportunities for environmental sensors in smart cities


  • 12.1. Handheld environmental monitors
  • 12.2. Aircasting


  • 13.1. Forecast details and assumptions
  • 13.2. Breakdown by market
  • 13.3. Market forecast: unit sales
  • 13.4. Market forecast: market value
  • 13.5. Unit sales forecast by detection principle
  • 13.6. Market value forecast by detection principle
  • 13.7. Sensors in smart devices by volume
  • 13.8. Sensors in smart devices by revenue
  • 13.9. Sensors in wearables by volume
  • 13.10. Sensors in wearables by revenue
  • 13.11. Sensors in air purifier by volume
  • 13.12. Sensors in air purifier by revenue
  • 13.13. Sensors in smart city by volume
  • 13.14. Sensors in smart city by revenue
  • 13.15. Sensors in smart home by volume
  • 13.16. Sensors in smart home by revenue
  • 13.17. Sensors in automotive by volume
  • 13.18. Sensors in automotive by revenue
  • 13.19. Other applications by volume
  • 13.20. Other application by revenue
  • 13.21. Conclusions


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