Portfolio Companies

OptoSense

Explosive Gases Sensors

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, ICO, REKS, EMI

Industry Sector 
Optics and Electronics

Production Location 
St. Petersburg
Jobs to be created: up to 110

Investment Started:  2010

Total Budget

0.50  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
0.21  bln rubles

Production of innovative sensors for industrial safety systems

The project makes unique use of semiconductor polycrystalline nanosized layers in mass production of radiation sources and photovoltaic receivers—a sensor’s key elements. OptoSense produces infrared optical sensors that distinguish themselves for the rapidity with which they react (5.5 seсonds compared with 10 seconds for competing devices), their service lives of seven years compared with five years for competing devices, and their low energy consumption (average consumption of 7 mW compared with 200 mW for competing devices). OptoSense sensors continue to operate effectively when humidity is high and oxygen is absent. These considerable advantages ensure demand for the sensors in Russia and in the global market.

OptoSense’s production technology for infrared-optical sensors overcomes a number of problems that hamper other sensors in the industrial safety market such as ineffectual performance when humidity is high, lackluster reaction time, periodic downtime for battery discharge caused by high levels of energy onsumption.

In December 2011, at its St. Petersburg factory, the company commissioned a new production line for optical components, which are key elements in sensors of explosive gases. The line has enabled OptoSense to expand production up to 120,000 sensors per year. Its products have been certified as meeting international standards of ATEX and IECEx for operations in explosive gas environments.

OptoSense exports its goods to the United States and countries in Europe.

Areas of application

  • Oil and gas
  • Coal mining
  • Chemicals
  • Power engineering
  • Utilities
  • Telecommunications

Market

  • Producers of gas analysis equipment for industrial use

Competitive advantages

  • Low energy consumption
  • Small dimensions
  • Operation within a wide temperature range
  • Resistance to corrosive gases
  • Lengthy service life