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Oxsensis is pioneering a “new breed” of highly accurate, highly stable optical sensors. Using light to measure heat, temperature and pressure, based upon proprietary intellectual property rights, Oxsensis’ dynamic sensors can be used in extreme environments — like those created by jet engines and power stations — where traditional sensors run out of steam. Better sensors allow power savings, reduced emissions and improved asset risk management.
Across a number of markets, Oxsensis is partnering with international blue-chip companies with multiple divisional and applications needs.
Optical sensing technology has the potential to bring significant innovations to a number of industries, particularly aerospace.
Optical sensors, which use light to measure heat, temperature and pressure, are replacing standard aircraft electrical sensors pressure which are prone to electromagnetic interference, and temperature limits of the sensing materials. Oxsensis optical instrumentation provides brake temperature, wheel speed and position, even in extreme conditions.
When it comes to hostile environments, there is none much harsher than conditions on aircraft landing gear. Temperatures vary from -55°C to 85°C, dirt and debris are thrown up by tyres and the shock and vibration of a landing is punishing on instrumentation.
Aero and land based gas turbines present operating conditions up to 60 bar and 1100°C in their combustion systems – with Oxsensis deploying robust systems in previously inaccessible instrumentation locations. Every major gas turbine OEM has used Oxsensis sensors. Oxsensis has agreed partnerships with aviation companies, including GE Aviation, Parker Aviation, Rolls-Royce, and Airbus.
Today Oxsensis works with blue-chip partner in global markets of national significance — aerospace, power generation and oil and gas. But back in 2003, the spin-in to STFC’s (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire was a “blue sky” idea, albeit from a very capable team with a great science pedigree.
The Rainbow Seed Fund provided seed capital to get the team and research infrastructure established and brought an angel syndicate together. The Fund played a lead role in getting the Series A off the ground and linked the Oxsensis team to additional investors.
Rainbow continues to be represented on the board of the company through its appointed non executive director who provides considerable help with Oxsensis’ IP strategy and support in thinking about new markets.
Rainbow’s Investment Director Dr Andy Muir comments, “Oxsensis’ core markets- aerospace and power generation- require very patient capital. Reliability is critical in Oxsensis’ industries and product cycle times are long. But the breadth of Oxsensis’ engagement with the aerospace and power generation industry now is testament to the value of a long-term investing approach”.
Oxsensis has built a strong supply-chain enabling it to innovate more quickly and scale-up for production. The company will soon move to new, purpose-built premises, including a new manufacturing capability.
If you would like to know more about Oxsensis then please visit the website at www.oxsensis.com