$900 Million Market for Desal Components and Materials

17.08.2011

The world seawater desalination capacity will grow by 50 percent from 2010 to 2015 when it will reach 100 million m3/day. The annual additions of 8 million m3/day will require an investment of $2 billion/yr.

$900 Million Market for Desal Components and Materials

Component Revenues for Desalination 2011-15 (Table/Image: McIlvaine Company)

This will require an annual investment in components and materials of $900 million. This conclusion was reached by aggregating the forecasts appearing in several McIlvaine market reports.

The component forecasts not only include the components needed for the additional capacity but those needed for replacement and repair at existing facilities.

There is a substantial market for pumps. They deliver the seawater to the reverse osmosis (RO), Multi Effect Desalination (MED), or Multi Stage Flash installation (MSF) system. In the case of the (RO) system, they also are the equipment used for energy recovery.

All three of the processes have many stages and require a number of high priced valves due to the corrosive and other harsh conditions.

All three processes include filtration of the incoming seawater creating markets for macrofilters, cartridges and sedimentation & centrifugation systems. Reverse osmosis has become an increasingly popular method for desalinating seawater. It requires a substantial investment in cross-flow membrane systems.

The presence of chlorides and solids plus the temperatures and pressures required for the processes dictate the use of high quality materials for vessels, pipes, evaporators, clarifiers and other equipment. Stainless steel has become increasingly popular as a material to provide long life under these conditions.

There are continuing improvements in components and technologies which promise to reduce the cost of desalination. At the same time the cost of alternative sources of drinking water is climbing due to scarcity and pollution issues. Therefore the market for desalination components will continue to grow at more than 8%/yr.

More articles on this topic

SAER Pumps now Available in Super Duplex

13.05.2022 -

Climate change, demographic growth and water scarcity are creating new challenges, and desalination is becoming a crucial alternative to traditional fresh water resources. SAER is ready to face these new scenarios with a strong and effective response: a full range available in duplex and super duplex.

Read more

Wilo is Donating Mobile Water Treatment Systems to Ukraine

08.04.2022 -

The Wilo Group is donating more than 60 mobile water treatment systems to Ukraine. Each of these systems, called PAUL (portable aqua unit for lifesaving), can filter around 1,200 litres of water per day and therefore supply at least 400 people in crisis areas with fresh drinking water. Thus, the water-backpacks help to maintain vital basic supplies in severely stricken communities.

Read more

Watson-Marlow Announces Ground Breaking of New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility

25.11.2021 -

Watson-Marlow is pleased to announce the ground breaking of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Devens Massachusetts. A celebration ceremony was held on Thursday, November 18th at 16 Bulge Road in Devens MA. The new facility will be dedicated to Watson-Marlow’s range of industry leading products, including peristaltic pumps, tubing, fluid path solutions and BioPure components.

Read more

Wilo Commits to Ambitious Climate Protection Targets

19.10.2021 -

The Dortmund-based technology company Wilo has signed the so-called “Business Ambition for 1.5 °C”. As part of the campaign of the “Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)”, companies and organisations commit themselves to reducing global pollutant emissions to zero by 2050 and thus to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.

Read more

IFAT India 2018: Indian Environmental Market in Motion

26.10.2018 -

Relieving landfills, winning drinking water, making greater use of waste water—from October 15 to 17, at IFAT India 2018 in Mumbai, the environmental technology industry devoted itself to the challenges of the Indian subcontinent. The focus was on water, sewage, solid waste and recycling. The record attendance of 7,441 visitors (2017: 6,765) proves: the demand for environmental solutions in India is increasing.

Read more