The global wastewater aeration systems market will grow 72 percent to reach $8.39 billion in 2020, driven by demand for secondary wastewater treatment services in developing regions and the need to revamp existing infrastructure in developed countries, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.
The “Global Wastewater Aeration Systems Market” report said the aeration systems market earned revenues of $4.88 billion in 2011 and is set to nearly double because of increased demand, particularly in developing countries where wastewater treatment plant infrastructure is either non-existent or in a poorly developed state.
Aeration is a biological method in the secondary stage of wastewater treatment, used in the activated sludge process by municipal facilities globally, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Aging infrastructure in developed countries needs immediate attention, said Frost & Sullivan environmental research analyst Bhooma Madhavan. Meanwhile, stricter environmental regulations across all regions will push the use of aeration systems, the report said. Mandatory compliance with wastewater-related legislation, such as the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive in the European Union, will also push up demand for aeration equipment.
The energy-intensive nature of aeration remains a concern, particularly as energy prices continue to rise, the report said. The high energy intensity of aeration will encourage innovation and competitiveness in the market. However, aeration is open to the threat of alternative technologies that enable energy recovery, the report said.
Energy efficiency will be an important factor for customers. Other important selection indices for customers will be price, technology and reliability, the report said.
A separate report released by Frost & Sullivan in November said intensifying environmental awareness and stricter regulation related to discharge processes and disposal are driving growth in the industrial sludge treatment chemicals market and will push sales in Western Europe from $1.02 billion in 2011 to $1.3 billion in 2018.