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Special Session: Dr. Thomas Bosselmann

Dr. Thomas Bosselmann

Project Manager & Principal Engineer
Transducer Systems Corporate Technology Siemens AG
Günther-Scharowski Str. 1 D-91052 Erlangen

[Thomas Bosselmann]

Thomas Bosselmann studied physics and electrical engineering. He has been active in the field of optical sensing for about 25 years. Since 1985 he is with the Siemens Corporate Technology as a project manager where he has led numerous sensor projects for all sectors, where power plays a role. He has filed more than 100 patents and authored, coauthored more than 70 papers.


Market potentials for fiber optic sensors in the energy sector

Thomas Bosselmann

Siemens Corp. Techn., Erlangen

The fibre optic sensor market adresses niche applications like all other sensors. For a long time electric power was taken as a natural resource, that “was simply there”. With the ongoing globalisation the demand for energy has risen continuously. This has brought rising prices for fossile fuels, needed to generate electric power, as well as a diversification of power generation. Besides the conventional fossile power plants nuclear plants are coming up again. The role of renewable energy sources is gaining importance which has resulted in recent boom of wind energy plants. In the past reliability and availability and an extremely long lifetime were of paramount importance for the energy market. Cost was not an issue, so power generating machines and lines were massively built. Today reliability and availability are still expected, but the cost has also come into focus, due to the deregulation, global competition and the high fuel costs. So new designs of power generating machines have to be much more efficient. A typical example are the designs of wind turbines, which have increased power output continuously. Higher efficiency causes inevitably higher stress on the materials, of which the machines are built. As a reduction of lifetime is not acceptable, condition monitoring systems are going to being used now. Maintenance costs are expected to be at a minimum, so condition based or preventive maintenance strategies are introduced. This offers potentials for fibre optic sensors. In the talk, the diverse energy sectors will be discussed and the application of sensors in the past and the potentials for the future presented.

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