Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination

Published - Mar 2016| Analyst - Gerry Runte| Code - MST052D
Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination
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Report Highlights

The global cumulative investments in desalination plants reached roughly $21.4 billion in 2015 and should reach nearly $48.2 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.6%.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global market for seawater and brackish water desalination
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2020
  • Descriptions of various desalination methods, including multistage flash distillation, multi-effect distillation, vapor compression, reverse osmosis, and nanofiltration
  • Discussion of novel desalination methods, including freezing, gas hydrate formation, membrane distillation, and capacitive deionization
  • Examination of the seawater and brackish water desalination plants industry on a worldwide basis, both from a market and application perspective
  • Profiles of major and minor companies working on or in conjunction with desalination plants.

Report Scope

Desalination plants range from the very small to large industrial or municipal facilities. This report assesses the market for the larger facilities—those with a daily capacity of 1,000 or more cubic meters of produced water. The study discusses the global water resource status and the growing gap between freshwater resources and water demand from all sectors. Within this global context, the specific growth drivers for and the challenges to the evolution of the desalination equipment market are presented.

A technical overview of the primary desalination technologies is provided, as well as an overview of novel distillation methods.  The report presents the hypothetical unit cost of water as produced by the primary technologies as well as the sensitivity of that cost to variations in economic parameters.

Forecasts of annual and cumulative capital investments in desalination plants likely to begin operation during the forecast period of 2015 to 2020 are given. These forecasts include global investments by technology and by region, as well as regional forecasts by technology. Outlooks are provided for important countries within each of the regions examined in the report: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa; Asia and Oceania; and Africa/Rest of World. The outlook sections include information on key projects.

The desalination industry structure, key players, and their market shares are also discussed. Seventy-seven companies are profiled. In addition, a survey of relevant patents for 2013, 2014 and 2015 (through October 2015) is provided.

Analyst Credentials

The author of this report, Gerry Runte, holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in mathematics, chemistry, and nuclear engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, strategy development, and corporate planning. Currently, he heads Worthington Sawtelle LLC, a consulting and market research firm that provides a full portfolio of business planning and strategy services to both new and existing participants in emerging markets.

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Published - Jul-2013| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052C

Report Highlights

The global market for seawater and brackish water desalination plants is expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2013. The market is expected to grow to $7.2 billion in 2018 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.9%.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global market for seawater and brackish water desalination
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2010 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
  • Descriptions of various desalination methods, including multistage flash distillation, multi-effect distillation, vapor compression, reverse osmosis, and nanofiltration
  • Discussion of novel desalination methods, including freezing, gas hydrate formation, membrane distillation, and capacitive deionization
  • Examination of the seawater and brackish water desalination plants industry on a worldwide basis, both from a market and application perspective
  • Profiles of major and minor companies working on desalination plants.

Published - Sep-2010| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052B

Report Highlights

  • The 2010 market value for desalination plant equipment is estimated at $2.9 billion, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8%.  By 2015, the total global market worth is expected to reach $5.5 billion.
  • Sales of reverse osmosis (RO) equipment currently account for nearly 95%, or $1.4 billion, of the 2010 membrane-based desalination market.  Globally, RO is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5% for desalination applications over the next 5 years to reach a value of nearly $3.2 billion in 2015.
  • Thermal desalination methods have been losing market share to RO for the past several years, a trend that is expected to continue. The market for thermal-based desalination equipment is estimated to reach nearly $1.4 billion by the end of 2010 and rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7% to reach $2.2 billion in 2015.

Published - Jan-2008| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052A

Report Highlights

  • The global market for seawater and brackish water desalination plants increased from $1.7 billion in 2005 to $1.9 billion in 2007. It should reach $3.7 billion by 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7%.
  • There are more than 24,000,000 M3/day of desalination capacity on the global drawing board, slated for construction in the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Water stress and shortage are the primary factors driving the market for desalination technology.
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