Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Global Markets and Technologies for Natural Gas Storage

According to a new technical market research report, GLOBAL MARKETS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR NATURAL GAS STORAGE (Report code: EGY045B) from BCC Research (, the global market for natural gas storage reached 657 million cubic feet in 2012. BCC Research expects the market to reach 720 million cubic feet by 2017, and register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9%.

Much as the telephone and the Internet revolutionized communication in the twentieth century, the same can be expected from the energy industry of the twenty-first century as new sources such as natural gas, solar power, wind power, and tidal energy continue to evolve and replace coal and oil. According to BCC Research, as the supplies and consumption of natural gas rise globally, increased storage capacity will become both necessary and expansive. Demand will come not only from traditional markets, but also from new markets, which will result in increased variability in demand levels. This in turn will pave the way for increased demand with respect to storage capacity

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The ability of storage to actually increase the value of natural gas holds significant promise. Storage is a key element in the industry and without adequate safe and convenient storage the entire industry would be unmanageable and for all practical purposes impossible to operate. What is clear is that in the future without a storage capability it would be virtually impossible to maintain reliability of supply to the various classes of gas consumers.

This study is a function of the underlying investment opportunities that are inherent in the development of the natural gas industry. Although the future market for gas storage is reliant upon the quantity of gas used in numerous applications, the safe and secure storage of the product remains of key importance to everyone involved in any of these markets or potential markets. There is also a major question of government regulation in both the transportation of gas and its storage, given the danger of mishandling or leakage during transit. This implies government interest in both its handling and storage and the development of regulations to minimize the risks inherent in handling volatile and explosive fuels.

This report examines the two types of natural gas storage, including conventional storage of gas in a gaseous form, and storage of natural gas after it has been reduced to a liquid through the application of compression and cryogenic technology. It is this latter type of technology that has revolutionized the entire structure of the industry and permitted the economic shipment of gas from its often-remote points of production to markets where it can be used in a vast variety of ways.

The study also attempts to provide an insight into the companies that provide or utilize gas storage and also those companies that provide the construction expertise and hardware required to handle and store the product. The construction of gas storage facilities can vary from a simple metal tank in a residential backyard to vast construction projects involving hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

This report is intended for business planners directly involved in the energy market and for those businesses that involve the consumption of natural gas in almost any form either as a raw material or as a direct or indirect energy source. The analysis presented in this report will also prove valuable resource for acquisition specialists, product managers, investors, investment consultants, market researchers, transportation specialists, business analysts, commodity and securities traders, business planners, and anyone interested in the energy markets.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

BCC Research Publishes A New Report On Global Market For Terahertz Radiation Systems (Thz)

According to a new technical market research report, Terahertz Radiation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets(Report code: IAS029C) from BCC Research (, the global market for terahertz (THz) radiation systems is expected to reach $51.3 million in 2013. BCC Research expects the market to reach $195.3 million by 2018. The diversification of the THz market is expected to accelerate after 2018, and the total market value should exceed $942 million by 2023.
Over the last hundred years or so, physicists and engineers have progressively learned to exploit new areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Starting with visible light, they have developed technologies for generating and detecting radiation at both higher and lower frequencies.

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THz rays have been described as occupying the “no man’s land” between the worlds of optics and electronics. Sandwiched between the optical on the short wavelength side and radio on the long wavelength extreme, the THz frequency range (also called the far infrared or submillimeter-wave region) has been the least explored and developed portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The potential usefulness of THz radiation, with its ability to penetrate a wide range of non-conducting materials has been known for a long time. However, practical applications of THz radiation have been longer in coming, due to the so-called “terahertz gap.” The terahertz gap refers to the technologies needed to generate, channel, and detect THz radiation subject to real-world constraints such as size, cost, and operating temperatures.

Recent developments in THz radiation sources, detectors and waveguides have started to close this gap, opening up a range of potential applications in transportation security, medical imaging, nondestructive testing, and other fields.
This report is an update of an earlier BCC Research report, published in 2011. The study includes an assessment of the technological progress that has been made toward bridging the terahertz gap and assessing the commercial potential of THz radiation devices over the next five to 10 years.

This report addresses the emerging global market for THz radiation devices such as imaging, spectroscopy, other sensors, communications, and computers. THz imaging devices are the largest device segment in this market and its market value is expected to reach $77.1 million by 2018. BCC Research projects that this segment will reach a market value of $321.5 million by the end of 2023, and register a CAGR of 33.1%. Astronomy research is currently the largest single application of THz systems. The astronomy market is expected to reach $35 million in 2018, and is expected to remain the same until 2023.

This new BCC Research report is intended especially for marketing executives, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and other readers with a need to know where the emerging market for THz radiation devices is headed over the next 10 years. Scientists and technologists will also find this report of value as it concerns the market for their work, including the availability of government and corporate research funding for different technologies and applications.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

BCC Research Publishes a New Report on Global Markets for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

According to a new technical market research report, Next Generation Sequencing: Emerging Clinical Applications and Global Markets (Report code: BIO126A) from BCC Research (, the global market for next generation sequencing is expected to reach $510.7 million in 2013. BCC Research forecasts the market to reach $7.6 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 71.6% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The Human Genome Project (HGP) moved DNA sequencing technology to the forefront of life science research as a genetic analysis tool. The HGP led to significant improvements in the efficiency and costs of DNA sequencing. In 2005, the launch of next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies changed the structure of the industry radically and opened up exciting new market applications. As a result, the costs of sequencing have rapidly reduced to the point where it is now feasible for complex NGS tests to be priced in the range of other multiplex genetic tests.
The NGS clinical market is still relatively young and emerging, yet it holds great commercial promise. BCC Research expects the decline in sequencing costs and NGS informatics (i.e., the handling and interpretation of massive amounts of genetic data) to emerge as a key focus area for clinical applications in the future.

NGS pre- and post-natal diagnostics comprise an important current market segment. The pre- and post-natal disease class, as a segment, is expected to reach $393.3 million in 2013. BCC Research projects this market to grow to nearly $2.1 billion in 2018, and register a CAGR of 39.4%. NGS-based diagnostics for cancer also present a significant high-growth market opportunity. The cancer disease class, as a segment, is expected to reach $63.7 million in 2013. This segment is projected to reach nearly $2.5 billion in 2018, and register a CAGR of 108.3%.
According to BCC Research, the global market for NGS is being driven by the clinical value of many applications and the commercial success of several tests. The commercial potential of NGS is further enhanced with payors and insurance companies offering coverage for these tests.

NGS is a game-changing technology that is maturing at the right time for it to make a major impact on molecular diagnostics. This new report examines the technology and studies its clinical markets in detail to provide a context for strategic decision making. The report provides a comprehensive discussion of NGS technologies, clinical applications, industry structure, important clinical sequencing initiatives, global markets, patent status, and companies.

This report will be useful to companies involved in the clinical, genetic testing and sequencing industries. It will be particularly valuable for companies in industries such as life science research tools, NGS instruments, molecular diagnostics, informatics clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, and sample preparation.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

U.S. Market for Protective Sports Equipment to Reach $2.1 Billion in 2018: BCC Research

According to a new technical market research report, Protective Sports Equipment: The North American Market (Report code: AVM085A) from BCC Research (, the U.S. market for sports protective equipment is expected to reach nearly $1.9 billion in 2013. BCC Research expects the market to grow to $2.1 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The National Football League currently faces law suits by over 4,000 of its former players on the grounds that it did not do enough to inform them about the dangers of concussion. The cases, which are still in the early stages of being heard, could result in potentially large damages if the courts rule in the plaintiffs’ favor. In fact, the number of boys playing youth and high school football has declined to the point where college and professional teams have expressed concerns over a shrinking pool of young talent in the game.

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While the risks of playing football are more widely known due to its popularity, every other sport must contend with safety risks of its own. This BCC Research report focuses on commercially available equipment that prevents injury from occurring. The reports states cycling, football, snow sports, ice hockey and roller sports as the largest markets for protective equipment in the U.S. Together these five sports accounted for more than 81% of the market in 2012, a share that is expected to grow to over 82% by 2018.

According to BCC Research, the cycling segment is expected to generate sales of $729.8 million in 2013. This market is expected to grow to $786.2 million by 2018, and register a CAGR of 1.5%. The report further states football as one of the fastest-growing segments of this industry. The football segment was valued at $344.8 million in 2013 and is expected to reach $505.7 million by 2018, to register a CAGR of 8%.

This BCC Research report covers the protective equipment industry, along with an analysis of products, manufacturing techniques, properties, and prices for the North American market. This study also identifies the key demand drivers in each of these segments and evaluates their projected market impact. Additionally, the study provides an analyses of market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.

This report is intended for companies involved in developing, manufacturing and supplying protective sports equipment; manufacturers, suppliers, and users of the materials used in protective sports equipment; companies interested in the development, manufacture, supply and/or use of protective sports equipment; and organizations that purchase/use protective sports equipment. The report will also be useful to members of sports associations, sports bodies, and sports organizations, government regulatory authorities, sports communities, and sports journalists.   
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BCC Research Forecasts the Market for Lyophilization Equipment and Services to Reach $28.7 Billion In 2018

In the new report, LYOPHILIZATION EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES: TECHNOLOGIES AND GLOBAL MARKETS (Report Code: IAS077A) from BCC Research (, the global market for lyophilization equipment and services was valued at $15.9 billion in 2012. The report forecasts total market value to reach $17.6 billion in 2013 and $28.7 billion in 2018, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4%.

Lyophilization is used in life sciences, while freeze-drying is used in other industries and is synonymous with lyophilization. Both processes are essentially the same. In principle, the process uses a vacuum to rapidly evaporate moisture from the core material while at the same time keeps the materials frozen to preserve its essential properties. For pharmaceutical or biotechnology products, this is critical to maintain the function and integrity of the drug or biomolecule. For food or other industries, it is essential to preserve the freshness of the product and prevent spoilage.

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BCC Research presents a breakdown of the market for lyophilization equipment and services by geography and by sector in this report. The U.S. and Europe (especially Germany) hold the majority share of the market, both in equipment production and contract manufacturing organization (CMO) services. As per the report, China is gaining market share rapidly largely due to IMA Life Pharmaceutical Systems, the largest manufacturer of lyophilization equipment in China. The report also discusses new markets that are emerging in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) as well as in the so-called Next 11 (N-11) countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, and Vietnam).

BCC Research has performed a sector analysis in this report. According to this analysis, the three biggest sectors within the lyophilization market are the food industry, pharmaceuticals (including biotechnology and biopharma), and the chemical industry.

The entry of new products and technologies is increasing the demand for injectable biotech drugs and expanding the vaccine market. Both the vaccine market and the injectable biotech drugs markets rely upon lyophilization equipment and services. Additionally, lyophilization equipment and services are crucial for achieving commercial viability of almost 60% of biotherapeutics.

BCC Research forecasts that the market will see exponential growth due to the development of new drugs in the biologics area over the next five years. This will increase the need for lyophilization equipment, offsetting shortfalls in other areas. For many companies, this will mean updating or modifying existing equipment to meet this demand. In many cases, these companies will have to add new equipment to meet the demand and not overburden their existing equipment.

The report is an invaluable tool for business planners, acquisitions specialists, licensing strategists, product managers, market research analysts, investors, investor consultants, and anyone interested in the lyophilization equipment and services markets, its products, its industry participants, and its future.
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