Water Treatment Reverse Osmosis System Components Market 2018 Analysis

Published : Jun-2013

“Major Reverse Osmosis System Components for Water Treatment: The Global Market” this report provides:

  • An overview of the global markets for reverse osmosis (RO) system components, which include pretreatment cartridges, pumps, pressure vessels/housings, RO membrane modules, and ancillary elements such as skids, valves, and gauges
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
  • Identification of existing and potential markets for RO on the global stage
  • Discussion of important technological trends, such as improved low-pressure membranes, large-diameter membranes, and non-fouling membranes
  • Coverage of the RO market centered on purified water produced for municipal, industrial, military, and agriculture/environmental markets
  • Patent analysis
  • Comprehensive company profiles of major players.

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Report Scope


Study Goal And Objectives

This comprehensive business opportunity report evaluates the global markets for reverse osmosis (RO) system components. These components include pretreatment cartridges, pumps, pressure vessels/housings, RO membrane modules and ancillary elements such as skids, valves and gauges. Existing and potential markets for RO on the global stage are identified. The goals are to provide meaningful information, unbiased analysis and an assessment of the roles that RO systems can play now and in the future of water treatment technology. Water needs and the role of RO in meeting these requirements are evaluated for four global regions.

The heart of an RO system is the membrane module. Although many different polymer types of semipermeable membrane are possible, the commercial market consists primarily of thin-film composite polyamide formed into a spiral wound configuration. Improved low-pressure membranes, large-diameter membranes and non-fouling membranes have been important technology trends during the past several years. Currently, a number of new materials types are being commercialized.

Pressure vessels/housings are critical to the successful operation of RO and nanofiltration (NF), or membrane softening, systems. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic and stainless steel pressure vessels are the predominant types associated with industrial and municipal RO systems. RO operation tends to fall into three distinct operating pressure ranges: low-pressure, 40 psi to 65 psi range; mid-range operating pressure for brackish water and wastewater, 150 psi to 250 psi; and high-pressure RO is for seawater desalination, 800 psi to 1,200 psi range. Pressure vessels are designed to last for the lifetime of the system, or about three to four changes of membranes.

Using membrane or depth filter cartridges prior to RO maximizes pure water production and minimizes the costs associated with chemical additives. Cartridges used for RO pretreatment can be depth filters, dead-end membrane microfilters or microfiltration (MF) membranes operated in crossflow. With proper pretreatment, the RO system can meet design specifications, resulting in optimum performance and the lowest overall expenditure.

Although pumps used in RO systems represent a relatively small percentage of total system cost, they must be selected carefully to avoid inefficient operation, downtime, or reduced productivity and return on investment. The choice of a proper pump is especially important in seawater desalination applications because of the corrosive atmosphere and highly demanding process conditions. Positive displacement plunger pumps or centrifugal pumps are most commonly used in RO applications. Booster pumps, a much smaller market, can be used in situations where normal system pressure is low, but needs to be increased.

Numerous ancillary and miscellaneous components are needed to complete the construction of a large, complex RO system. Depending on system size and application, these may include valves, gauges, computer controls, hoses, piping, plugs, racks, skids, holding tanks, manifolds, control panels, conductivity meters, float switches, metering equipment and tanks for chemicals. What type and how many of these components are used in a particular plant depend on the site and size of the RO system.

For RO consumables, membranes and filters, new as well as replacement sales are considered in this report. As far as possible, adjustments and normalizations for currency valuations have been made.

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Reasons For Doing The Study

The need for pure water is a problem of global proportions. With each passing year, the quality of the planet’s water measurably deteriorates, presenting challenges for the major users: the municipal, industrial, military and agriculture/environmental sectors. Water treatment has become an area of global concern as individuals, communities, industries, nations and their national institutions strive for ways to keep this essential resource available and suitable for use. RO systems have, over the past 40 years, emerged as an effective solution to transform saline, brackish and contaminated water into a useable and/or potable product. The RO technology sector still has areas of promising activity and a market for replacement and upgraded equipment.

Intended Audience

This report is designed to be as comprehensive as possible. It is created to be usable by a broad audience of business, technical and regulatory practitioners on a global scale. This document is an information source on the industry, a reference manual on an advanced technology and its system components, and a resource that provides information to decision-makers who need to stay abreast of the state-of-the-art RO systems.

This report presents analysis and forward-thinking knowledge that will be of advantage to manufacturers, suppliers and to local, state and the federal government as well as foreign governments. Engineers, utilities and corporate planners will benefit from understanding the global component market and demand drivers for RO systems.

Scope Of Report

This report is divided into specific system component chapters dealing with the RO membranes, pressure vessels/housings, cartridge filters/prefilters, pumps and other ancillary components such as valves, gauges, skids, racks, piping, manifolds, computer controls and piping needed to complete a functional system. Quantitative evaluations are given for the major market segments, historically and for a five-year horizon. The global scope of the RO market is identified within four major geographical regions with information on economic trends and water needs.

Costs of consulting, engineering, and real estate are excluded from system costs. NF is considered as a membrane “softening” process or a divalent or trivalent ion-removal technique that is a subset of RO.

The RO market in this study is centered on purified water produced for municipal, industrial, military and agriculture/environmental markets. It does not address wastewater issues, with the exception of wastewater as an integral part of a reuse and recycle system.

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