Market Thirst for Desalination Technologies

23 Aug 2011 • by Natalie Aster

Rising demand for water is exacerbating water scarcity in many regions of the world. Climate change is also projected to significantly impact the availability of fresh water in several world regions. These and other developing trends anticipate heightened demand for water supply solutions. Desalination technology is increasingly being sought after as one solution. In 2010, the desalination market reached $12.47 billion, up nearly 13.4% from 2009. Despite economic troubles, political upheaval and other localized hurdles, SBI Energy projects the global desalination market will continue to expand in light of profound challenges to sufficient freshwater supply in select world regions and countries.

The report “World Desalination Components and Technologies” by SBI Energy covers:

  • Historical and projection data for the global desalination market in terms of dollars and volume (in cubic meters) from 2006 through 2020;
  • Historical and projection data of market share by type of desalination technology in terms of dollars and volume (in cubic meters) from 2006 to 2020;
  • Selected desalination component data from 2006 to 2020;
  • Regional share data by country;
  • Factors in the desalination market's future growth and direction;
  • New technological advances and schemes around the world;
  • Specific desalination positioning and ventures of regions and countries around the world;
  • Employment opportunities and future prospective employment growth;
  • Profiles of one dozen companies involved in the desalination market.

Report Details:

World Desalination Components and Technologies

Date: July 2011
Pages: 200
Price: US$ 4,950.00

Desalination - also referred to as desalting, desalinisation or desalinization - is the process by which salt and other minerals are removed from saltwater and brackish water in order to produce water suitable for human consumption, as well as water for irrigation and industrial purposes. Desalination technologies utilize thermal processes, such as vapor compression distillation, multi-stage flash distillation and multi-effect distillation, as well as membrane processes, including reverse osmosis and microfiltration procedures.

Many factors are driving the desalination market forward, while a handful of market challenges are keeping growth in check - at least within some market segments. In 2010 the desalination market reached $12.47 billion, up nearly 13.4% from 2009. Despite economic troubles, political upheaval and other hurdles within regional desalination markets, SBI Energy projects the desalination market will continue to expand. Within the industry, growth in the reverse osmosis technology market segment is expected to see the most growth, reaching $39.46 billion in 2020.

The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 8.26 billion by 2030, up from about 6.85 billion in 2010. As the world’s population grows, so too does the world’s demand for water for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes. At the same time, freshwater supplies around the globe are becoming depleted, while nearly one billion people are already without clean drinking water. Those living in coastal communities and arid regions, as well as others experiencing water troubles, are looking to solve their water scarcity issues - desalination is proving itself to be one increasingly viable solution.

New technologies are emerging that are leading to more environmentally-friendly, cost-effective desalination operations. In the past, high costs of desalination (due mostly to intensive energy use) as well as industry-related environmental concerns have held back growth in the desalination market. While the coast is not yet clear, some of these impediments have recently been at least slightly breached, easing business growth within the desalination market.

The Middle East is the dominant player in the desalination market, and is expected to continue to expand its desalination endeavors. In 2020, the region will likely retain its majority share, although will lose a small slice of its ownership to other countries, which are increasing their desalination capacities or are entering the desalination arena for the first time.

More information can be found in the report “World Desalination Components and Technologies by SBI. It identifies key trends and factors (such as the regulatory scene, new technologies, employment opportunities and economic drivers and challenges), which affect the size and direction of desalination market growth around the world. Profiles of 20 major - or simply interesting - companies involved in the desalination market are also included.

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