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Membrane Bioreactors
Global Markets

  • Publication Date:March 2011
  • Publisher:BCC Research
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:222

Membrane Bioreactors Global Markets

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Valued at an estimated $337 million in 2010, the global MBR market is rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2% and is expected to reach $627 million by 2015. The MBR market is growing faster than both the larger market for wastewater treatment equipment and the market for other membrane systems treating wastewater.
  • MBRs used for treating municipal and domestic sewage hold the largest market value and largest treatment capacity. Valued at $216 million in 2010, this application will remain the largest market for MBRs, increasing by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.2% to $439 million in 2015.
  • Landfill leachate treatment is valued at $18 million and is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% during the forecast period, reaching $24 million in 2015. Until recently, this application has been slow find widespread use outside of Western Europe.

REPORT SCOPE

INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

This comprehensive market research report evaluates the global market for membrane bioreactors (MBRs) used for wastewater treatment. Existing and potential markets for MBRs on the global stage are identified. The goals are to provide meaningful information, unbiased analysis, and an assessment of the roles that MBR systems can play now and in the future of wastewater treatment technology. Twenty-eight countries' water needs are evaluated in four global regions.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

The need for pure water is a problem of global proportions. In the earth's hydrologic cycle, fresh water supplies are fixed and constant, while global water demand is growing. With each passing year, the quality of the planet's water measurably deteriorates, presenting challenges for the major users: the municipal, industrial, and environmental sectors. Water treatment has become an area of global concern as individuals, communities, industries, countries, and their national institutions strive for ways to keep this essential resource available and suitable for use. Membrane bioreactor systems (MBRs) have, over the past 10 years, emerged as an effective solution to transforming various wastewaters into high-quality effluent suitable for discharge to the environment and increasingly into a reusable product.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This report is designed to be as comprehensive as possible and to be useable by a broad audience of business, technical, and regulatory practitioners on a global scale. The 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.

This report presents analysis and forward-thinking knowledge that will be of advantage to manufacturers, suppliers, and to local, state, and federal government as well as foreign governments. Engineers, utilities, and corporate planners will benefit in accessing the global demand for membrane bioreactors.

SCOPE OF REPORT

The study is divided into chapters dealing with the membrane component of MBRs, the biological component, system configurations, typical MBR performance, cost analyses, system applications, companies active in the market, market share, and industry structure. Quantitative evaluations are given for the major market segments, historically and for a 5-year horizon. The global scope of the MBR market is identified within four major geographical regions with information on regional economics, water needs, MBR experience, and proposed projects.

The MBR market in this study is centered on biological/membrane wastewater treatment for the municipal, industrial, and environmental sectors. The evaluated market does not include catalytic membrane reactors or enzymatic membrane reactors.

METHODOLOGY

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study. Research for this report began with a re-analysis of the available technical and business literature, as well as an evaluation of the personal records of the water treatment industry available to the author. Conversations with industry experts and company representatives and a review of their published works provide the backbone for an evaluation of the water treatment equipment industry. Other sources of information include product literature from system suppliers, patent information, and annual reports. .

Growth rates of MBR systems are not the same for all world regions and are not increasing from the same base. Common to all regions, however, is the fact that sales of the technology are growing faster than the gross domestic products (GDPs) of countries installing the systems and more rapidly than the industries that use them. Forecasts in this report are based on announced projects and anticipated capacity additions over the next 5 years.

MBR costs are based on published data and interviews with industry participants. MBR "systems" include headworks (screens, pumps, grit chamber) and other pretreatment systems, membrane units, reactor vessels, and other process tanks. Site costs, system installation costs, piping, instrumentation, and electrical/electronic controls are not included in the cost analysis.

The capital cost of a 50,000 gpd plant is estimated at $350,000, a 100,000 gpd plant at $500,000, and a 500,000 gpd plant at $2 million. For systems 1 mgd and larger, capital costs start at $3.5 million. The largest percentage of new system installations, 90% or more, will continue to fall into the 5,000 gpd to 500,000 gpd range (most of those, 60% or so, will have capacities of less than 25,000 gpd). About 5% or fewer will be larger than 1 mgd.

Currency conversions are normalized in so far as possible. Much of the historic information is from BCC data.

INFORMATION SOURCES

The information sources for this study include online research, patent literature, technical journals, and interviews with principals in the industry. In evaluating the global market for membrane bioreactors, information was obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of State; Aquastat, the United Nations' global water information system; and publications from the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the European Commission, the Water Resources Institute, and various academic institutions. Projections for each market are made in terms of constant dollars. Historical values are for the year given.

ANALYST CREDENTIALS

During the past 14 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 30 market research reports for BCC Research in the fields of membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, and separations used in food and beverage manufacture, medicine, and biotechnology.

  • CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
    • STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
    • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
    • INTENDED AUDIENCE
    • SCOPE OF REPORT
    • METHODOLOGY
    • INFORMATION SOURCES
    • ANALYST CREDENTIALS
    • RELATED BCC REPORTS
    • BCC ONLINE SERVICES
    • DISCLAIMER
  • CHAPTER TWO: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (CONTINUED)
    • SUMMARY TABLE MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR MARKET, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS)
    • SUMMARY FIGURE MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR MARKET, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
  • CHAPTER THREE: OVERVIEW
    • HISTORY
    • AMOUNTS OF WATER TO BE TREATED
    • GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES, WITHDRAWALS
    • U.S. WATER RESOURCES, WITHDRAWALS
    • U.S. Water Resources, Withdrawals (Continued)
    • MBRS IN BRIEF
    • MICROORGANISMS
    • AEROBIC, ANAEROBIC
    • MEMBRANES
    • MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING METHODS, MODULES
    • FLUX
    • FOULING
    • SELECTING MEMBRANES FOR MBRS
    • SYSTEM CONFIGURATION: SUBMERGED, EXTERNAL
    • TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
    • PERFORMANCE
    • PARTICLE REMOVAL AND DISINFECTION
    • REMOVAL OF ORGANIC MATTER
    • NUTRIENT REMOVAL
    • TRACE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
    • COMPETING WASTEWATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES
    • CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS
    • TREND TO LARGE PLANTS
  • CHAPTER FOUR: APPLICATIONS FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
    • APPLICATIONS FOR MBR ... (CONTINUED)
    • APPLICATIONS FOR MBR ... (CONTINUED)
    • DOMESTIC, MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
    • DOMESTIC, MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT
    • INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER
    • HEAVY METALS
    • ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
    • OILY WASTEWATERS
    • INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT
    • LANDFILL LEACHATE
    • IN-BUILDING WATER RECYCLING
    • OTHER WASTEWATER
    • SHIPBOARD WASTEWATER
    • Cruise Lines
    • World Navies
    • AGRICULTURAL WASTEWATER
    • WATER RECLAMATION AND REUSE
    • REUSE IN THE U.S.
    • REUSE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S
    • U.S. REGULATORY EFFORTS
    • FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR WASTEWATER PLANT CONSTRUCTION
    • INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY EFFORTS
    • EU REGULATIONS
    • REGULATIONS IN OTHER WORLD REGIONS
    • TRENDS AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS
    • TRENDS AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS (CONTINUED)
  • CHAPTER FIVE: PATENT SURVEY
    • BY COMPANY
    • BY COMPANY (CONTINUED)
    • BY APPLICATION
  • CHAPTER SIX: THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
    • THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
    • THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR ...(CONTINUED)
    • U.S
    • ECONOMIC TRENDS
    • WATER NEEDS
    • CANADA
    • ECONOMIC TRENDS
    • WATER NEEDS
    • NORTH AMERICAN MBR EXPERIENCE
    • NORTH AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR MBRS
    • Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap
    • Water Environment Research Foundation .
    • WateReuse Foundation
    • MWH
  • CHAPTER SEVEN: GLOBAL MARKETS FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
    • FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN WATER/WASTEWATER PROGRAMS
    • THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN WATER/WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT
    • WATER CHALLENGES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    • MILLENNIUM GOALS
    • BELLAGIO FRAMEWORK
    • BELLAGIO FRAMEWORK (CONTINUED)
    • MARKET VALUE MBR SYSTEMS BY GLOBAL REGION
    • EUROPE
    • GENERAL ECONOMIC TRENDS
    • WATER ISSUES
    • EUROPEAN MBR EXPERIENCE
    • Sewage Treatment Plants
    • Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants
    • EU MBR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
    • AMEDEUS
    • EUROMBRA
    • MBR-TRAIN
    • PURATREAT
    • Outcomes of EU MBR Development Programs
    • THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS
    • THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS (CONTINUED)
    • THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS (CONTINUED)
    • THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS (CONTINUED)
    • OVERVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN MBR EXPERIENCE
    • COUNTRY ANALYSIS
    • BELGIUM
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • FRANCE
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • GERMANY
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • ITALY
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • SPAIN
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • THE NETHERLANDS
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • EASTERN EUROPE
    • Poland
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • Turkey
    • Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • THE ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MBRS
    • The Asia-Pacific Market for MBRS (Continued)
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • CHINA
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • INDIA
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • JAPAN
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • SOUTH KOREA
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • SINGAPORE
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Issues
    • MBR Experience
    • THE MIDDLE EAST/AFRICAN MARKET FOR MBRS
    • MIDDLE EAST
    • MIDDLE EAST MBR EXPERIENCE
    • Bahrain
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • Kuwait
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • Egypt
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • Israel
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • AFRICA
    • MBR Experience
    • THE LATIN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN MARKET FOR MBRS
    • LATIN AMERICA
    • Argentina
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • Brazil
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • Mexico
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • MBR Experience
    • CARIBBEAN
    • Bahamas
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • Jamaica
    • Current Economic Trends
    • Water Needs
    • Water Needs (Continued)
  • CHAPTER EIGHT: INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • CONGLOMERATES
    • WATER/WASTEWATER TREATMENT COMPANIES
    • SPECIALIZED PROVIDERS
    • STRATEGIES FOR REMAINING COMPETITIVE
    • MARKET SHARE
    • COMPANY PROFILES
    • A3 WATER SOLUTIONS GMBH
    • Projects
    • ACWA SERVICES, LTD.
    • Memtreat MBR
    • Projects
    • ADI SYSTEMS, INC.
    • AnMBR
    • ALFA LAVAL
    • Hollow Sheet
    • AQUA-AEROBIC SYSTEMS, INC.
    • Aqua-Aerobic MBR
    • AQUATECH INTERNATIONAL
    • Aqua-EMBR
    • ASAHI KASEI
    • Microza MBR
    • ASHBROOK SIMON HARTLEY
    • Integrated Membrane Activated Sludge (IMAS) MBR
    • BEIJING EDI
    • BEIJING ORIGIN WATER TECHNOLOGY CO
    • MBRU
    • BERGHOF FILTRATIONS UND ANLAGENTECHNIK GMBH
    • Berghof' MBRs
    • BIOBOX
    • BioBox MBRs
    • BRIGHTWATER F.L.I., LTD
    • Membright MBR
    • BUSSE GMBH
    • Busse-MF Small Size Sewage Treatment Plant
    • Projects
    • COLLOIDE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
    • SubSnake MBR
    • ECOLOGIX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    • EPCO AUSTRALIA
    • EPCO MBR
    • FILTER INNOVATIONS, INC.
    • MicroClear MBR
    • Projects
    • GE WATER TECHNOLOGIES
    • ZeeWeed MBR
    • Shipboard
    • Projects
    • HANGZHOU H FILTRATION MEMBRANE TECH. & ENG. CO, LTD.
    • HYDRANAUTICS
    • HYDRAsub MBR
    • HAMWORTHY
    • MK II, MK III
    • Projects
    • HANS HUBER AG
    • MembraneClearBox
    • VRM Bioreactor
    • BioMem
    • Projects
    • HITACHI, LTD
    • Hitachi Compact MBR
    • INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ITRI)
    • ITT INDUSTRIES
    • ITT Dual-Stage MBR
    • KEPPEL CORP.
    • Keppel Seghers Technology Group BV
    • Unibrane Submerged MBR
    • Projects
    • KIBARAN TERNAMA SDN. BHD.
    • KOCH MEMBRANE SYSTEMS
    • Puron MBR
    • Puron Plus
    • Projects
    • KOLON INDUSTRIES
    • KUBOTA CORP
    • Kubota MBR
    • Projects
    • LG ELECTRONICS
    • LITREE PURIFYING TEC. CO., LTD.
    • MARTIN SYSTEMS AG
    • Projects
    • MEMOS MEMBRANES MODULES SYSTEMS GMBH
    • MICRODYN NADIR
    • MBR Membrane Modules
    • MITSUBISHI RAYON CO., LTD.
    • Mitsubishi MBR
    • Projects
    • TIANJIN MOTIMO MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY, LTD
    • NORIT
    • Airlift MBR
    • Projects
    • NOVASEP GROUP
    • Novasep MBR
    • Projects
    • NOVOFLOW GMBH
    • OVIVO
    • Projects
    • PALL CORP.
    • Pall Aria MBR
    • PARKSON CORP
    • DynaLift MBR
    • POLYMEM SA
    • Immem MBR
    • POROUS FIBERS S.L.
    • PURE ENVITECH
    • SENUOFIL (TIANJIN) CO.
    • SFC UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH
    • SHANGHAI MEGAVISION MEMBRANE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    • SHANGHAI SINAP MEMBRANE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    • SHAW GROUP
    • Shaw MBR
    • SIEMENS AG
    • Siemens MBRs
    • MemPulse MBR
    • EcoRight
    • Projects
    • SMITH & LOVELESS
    • Titan MBRs
    • SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
    • BRM MBR
    • Projects
    • SUMITOMO ELECTRIC FINE POLYMER
    • TORAY INDUSTRIES
    • Toray MBR
    • Projects
    • TRIQUA BV
    • Triqua MBRs
    • Projects
    • ULTRA-FLO PTE., LTD.
    • Ultra-Flo MBR
    • VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT
    • Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
    • Biosep MBR
    • Memrod
    • Ceramic Modules for MBRs
    • Projects
    • VINA FILTER CO., LTD.
    • Modules for MBRs
    • WEHRLE WERK AG
    • Biomembrat MBR
    • Biomembrat Processes
    • Projects
    • WEISE WATER SYSTEMS
    • MicroClear MBR
    • WJP SOLUTIONS
    • WPJS MBR
    • ZENA MEMBRANES
    • Appendices
    • APPENDIX I
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