Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd ( ), a Scottish-based high-technology gas sensor company, has been awarded a prestigious Institute of Physics Innovation Award 2014. The accolade is in recognition of the company’s successful product research and development, and global commercialisation of unique, ultra-low power consumption gas sensors.

Dr Frances Saunders, President of IOP, said, “As we become more aware of the detrimental effect of CO2 emissions, it is excellent to see Gas Sensing Solutions using the latest advances in physics to satisfy both the societal and the market demand.”
The company will be presented with their prize at a glittering ceremony in London later this year.

Alan Henderson, Managing Director and co-founder of Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd commented: “We are delighted to win this esteemed award. It recognises the uniqueness, performance and low cost of GSS products, which are well aligned with current and emerging market needs, with sales in 46 countries and strong growth in both domestic and international markets.”

Gas Sensing Solutions was established June 2006 with funding from Scottish Borders based business angel syndicate TRI Cap and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. A Scottish success story, it now employs 20 personnel. GSS has also been supported by a R&D grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The company is the unique supplier of low-power consumption and fast-response carbon dioxide gas sensors. GSS is currently producing the world’s lowest power consumption sensor and one with the fastest response. Trademarked sensors are now in full production at the company’s Glasgow and Cumbernauld-based facilities. They can be applied in a number of important and wide-ranging market sectors including indoor air quality control, energy reduction in buildings, industrial safety, horticulture, mining and medical.

Calum MacGregor, Technical and Operations Director said “This award recognises the global impact our technology has already made. GSS sensors are widely used to save energy, and to improve air quality in the built environment.”
“We have taken an area of physics which is more often used by defence industries. GSS has developed a range of products which help to address some of the tough environmental challenges we face”.

Applications include:

  • CO2 sensors for commercial buildings – energy saving by regulating CO2 levels and minimising energy consumption with Demand Control Ventilation.
  • CO2 sensors for school classrooms – high levels of CO2 levels affect children’s performance and concentration.
  • CO2 sensors for cars – The GSS CO2 sensor was presented earlier this year on the popular BBC One Show, warning drivers when CO2 levels are too high in vehicles. GSS is in discussions with a number of companies to deploy sensors in future vehicles.

Professor Des Gibson, Chairman of Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd added: “The award is a tremendous endorsement of the outstanding physics innovation achieved by the company, highlighting the dedication and capabilities of our people, together with the financial support and confidence from our investors.

“The company constantly strives for technical excellence, driven by our customers’ demanding needs for cost-effective sensor solutions to meet current and emerging global market requirements.”

About Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd

Gas Sensing Solutions ( ) was established June 2006 and with funding from Tweed Renaissance Investment Capital ”Tricap’ & Scottish Co-Investment Fund. GSSL is the leading supplier of low power consumption and fast response carbon dioxide non-dispersive infrared gas sensors. Currently, GSS produce the world’s lowest power consumption and fastest response non-dispersive infrared carbon dioxide sensors, trademarked as and respectively. Trademarked sensors are now in full production at the companies Glasgow based facilities, with applications including indoor air quality control/ energy reduction in buildings, industrial safety, and horticulture. The patented sensor technology has received international acclaim and in 2012 won the Shell Springboard Award with a £40K first prize and the John Logie award in 2008