US: 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.
“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 the world in terms of the regional deployment of remote sensing systems,” says Kerry-Ann Adamson, research director with Navigant Research.
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.
Source: Navigant Research