Ammonia is a colorless gas known for its characteristic pungent odor. It is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, and its chemical formula is NH3. Ammonia gas is lighter than air and it reacts violently with water. It is flammable above 15% by volume in air. Ammonia is mainly used as a fertiliser, and also in refrigerating systems, household cleaners, and industrial cleaning agents.
Although ammonia is not a highly flammable gas, ammonia containers can explode when exposed to high heat. To prevent such hazards, ammonia gas sensors are being highly used in commercial and industrial settings to monitor the level of ammonia in the surrounding.
As ammonia is lighter than air, ammonia gas sensors are usually placed within 12 inches of the ceiling or at the highest point of an enclosed area or buildings. For gases similar in density to air, gas sensors are positioned in the breathing zone (4 to 6 feet above the floor), while sensors for detecting gases heavier than air are usually located within 12 inches of the floor or at the lowest point in an enclosed area.
Nowadays, ammonia gas sensors are being increasingly used for controlling vehicular and industrial emissions and also for environmental monitoring. Governments of many countries have come up with stringent rules and regulations regarding emission and pollution control. This has increased the deployment of ammonia gas sensors in various industries, thereby driving the growth of the global ammonia gas sensors market.
The global ammonia gas sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% during 2016 to 2023. Increased demand for low-cost nitrogen for the production of nitric acid has increased the demand for ammonia. This, in turn, has also increased the demand for ammonia gas sensors. Moreover, the rising use of ammonia as a fertilizer in agriculture can increase the risk for both the environment and human health. This has increased the need for deploying ammonia gas sensors so that preventive measures can be taken on time.
Region-wise, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to register significant growth in the coming years. The growth of the Asia-Pacific ammonia gas sensors market has been driven by the increasing number of manufacturing hubs in the region, especially in countries like China and India. The key players operating in the global ammonia gas sensors market are, Sensidyne, LP, Aeroqual, Nissha Co., Ltd., Industrial Scientific, Delphi, Invest Electronics Ltd., and AHLBORN, among others.