World demand for water desalination products and services is expected to increase 9.3% annually to reach US$13.4 billion in 2015, according to World Water Desalination, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc.
While the global economic downturn has slowed growth in new desalination capacity, there will be strong gains in nearly every significant desalination market and particularly in the Asia/Pacific region.
The Middle East and North Africa currently account for about two-thirds of global demand for desalination products and services. Freedonia expects reverse osmosis and other membrane-based technologies to increase their share of the market in the Africa/Mideast region, especially in countries with water shortages that also lack abundant domestic energy supplies, such as Algeria and Israel.
In the US, which is the largest market outside the Middle East, Freedonia says that population growth and economic development in areas with insufficient water supplies (or brackish water supplies) will boost demand for membrane elements and other products used in membrane systems.
Much of the Asia/Pacific region growth will be in China and India.
World Water Desalination is available for US$5900 from The Freedonia Group Inc