Energy Sector - The GICS Energy Sector comprises companies whose business are dominated by either of the following activities: The construction or provision of oil rigs, drilling equipment and other energy related service and equipment, including seismic data collection. Companies engaged in the exploration, production, marketing, refining, and/or transportation of oil and gas products, coal and other consumable fuels.

Trends & Predictions

The energy sector is primarily focused on Oil & Gas equipment and services, but also includes Coal & Consumable Fuels. OSHW has very little impact in this sector due to the high-degree of engineering precision and manufacturing rigor needed in these types of applications, the lack of focus in open hardware communities on sensor technologies and industrial equipment, and a lack of interest in open hardware communities for these types of applications.

It is not likely that in the future we will see a lot of technology development from open hardware related to this sector, though there may be slow growth in consumer-facing products, such as gas meters and detectors. In addition, it is likely that there will be slow growth in this sector related to open materials and open technologies related to energy sources as the trend away from oil & gas and toward renewable resources increases.

Oil & Gas Drilling

No impact

Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

There will likely be slow growth in this sector focused around consumer-facing products, such as gas meters and detection units. Surprisingly, there are some current trends toward sensor and platforms targeted at the industrial portion of the sector.

**SparkFun Gas Sensors - is an open source hardware, online retail store. They offer a handful of devices for gas detection currently, including a sensor for MQ-4 Methance detection for $4.95 USD.

Protei - An Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot. This project is currently requesting pledge funds on

Integrated Oil & Gas


Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

There is a small impact from open hardware in this arena that is likely to be sustained and may have minimal growth. As the trend continues to move away from oil & gas toward more renewable energies.

** openPhotons - An open access laser based sensor platform is a National Science Foundation sponsored program to develop better photonic sensing technology. One powerful use for this technology is to map and monitor trace gases.

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Laser-based sensor that are tiny, wireless, and open source, 2 Aug 2010

Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing

Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation

Coal & Consumable Fuels

Alternative Energies Note: this is not a GICS category but is relevant for this roadmap

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