Global membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems market size was valued over USD 400 million in 2014 and is anticipated to witness a significant growth from 2015 to 2022 owing to increasing concerns for urban wastewater treatment. Increasing concerns over fresh water supply shortages coupled with growing environmental concerns over industrial sludge disposal are expected to drive the MBR demand over the forecast period.
Rapid population growth coupled with urbanization is expected to raise volumes of runoff, as a byproduct of water consumption in regular activities. Water resource plays a major role in various industries including chemical, manufacturing, construction, fertilizers, refining, agriculture, and mining sectors.
Rapid urbanization and infrastructure development has been central to economic agenda in developing economies. Countries such as the U.S., China, India, Brazil, and UAE have shown major interests in urban development and this is expected to drive the construction and manufacturing sectors in the regions.
Increasing consumer-demand for cost-efficient and durable goods is anticipated to drive expansions in manufacturing sectors across all regions. Rapid industrialization is estimated to remain a key factor for surging water resource consumption in emerging economies. Wastewater, as a byproduct of industrial activities is disposed off in channels leading to rivers and oceans.
Industrial sludge effluent has raised concerns over contamination of land and water resources. Stringent environmental regulations regarding sludge disposal are expected to stimulate need for highly effective treatment techniques. This is expected to spur the need for waste management solutions that would address both industrial requirements and treatment processes.
Depleting fresh water resources is also expected to drive the sludge treatment and steer the development of sustainable infrastructure. Recycling of residential as well as commercial runoff is sought as a cost-efficient technique to address the growing supply problems. Favorable government initiatives in reviving existing treatment infrastructure are anticipated to drive the sewage recycling business in economies such as the U.S., China, Belgium, and Australia.
Aforementioned factors are expected to drive the water treatment projects in developing cost-efficient systems that can manage both low and high volume applications. Recent developments in wastewater treatment technologies are expected to drive the participation of both private and government sponsored businesses.
Membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems are one of the microfiltration membrane systems that cater to both industrial and municipal sewage treatment demand. Upgraded technologies coupled with cost reductions are expected to drive the product demand over the forecast period. In addition to pathogen decontamination, this system may also be used in residential and commercial complexes for drinking water purification.
MBR systems have gained significance majorly in resorts, alpine locations, factories, and municipal applications. MBR demand in agriculture is expected to gain momentum owing to its long-term effluent results and adherence to irrigation standards. China has implemented large-scale projects in wastewater reclamation in power, steel & metal, and power sectors.
Commonly used types of MBR include bundled hollow fibers that benefit easy changing and servicing. Other types of MBR systems include flat sheet and multi tubular type, and are utilized according to the industry requirements. Choice of these bundles is influenced by the configuration of the system such as internal and external types. These configurations have different screening requirements owing to the varying quantity of membrane bundles.
Presence of other treatment systems offers extensive options for the industrial segments. However, MBR plants are expected to gain significance over others owing to its high-quality solid separation and lesser carbon footprint. This minimizes the need of secondary and tertiary filtration units making the treated effluent amenable to international as well as regional regulations.
Economies in Europe such as Italy, Belgium, Poland, and Hungary have specific regulations for different levels of MBR system implementation. Separate guidelines steer its focus on agricultural irrigation, industrial, urban, and environmental applications. Specific regional considerations such as license targets, land availability, climate, sludge characteristics, and underground aqua systems influence the degree of implementation and design of MBR systems.
Industry participants including Koch Membrane Systems, Inc., Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. accounted for majority of global membrane bioreactor (MBR) market revenue share. Other companies having significant stake in the industry include HUBER SE, Smith & Loveless Inc., Nijhuis Industries, and Telem. Major industry participants such as Siemens and GE use fiber and tubular membranes in their filtration systems.
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