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Improvements in Water Desalination Tech Lead to Energy Savings, Market Growth

The market for water desalination pumps will register a CAGR of more than 6% by 2023, with growth being driven by regulatory changes and the increased need for energy efficiency, according to a new report from Technavio.

Desalination is an essential part of the water and wastewater industry, and vendors are increasing their investment in desalination plants because of the growing need for energy-efficient equipment to cater to the growing demand for water, Technavio says.

The governments of several countries such as the US, India, and Saudi Arabia are focused on increasing the energy efficiency of desalination technologies through applied research and science.

Driving the Market

Regulatory: The increasing consumption of electricity by desalination plants has prompted regulatory authorities around the world to implement stringent guidelines related to energy efficiency. The development of energy- efficient pumps and tough regulatory demand to reduce the energy consumption are factors that have compelled industrial operators to upgrade their current pumping systems in desalination plants to new energy- efficient pumps.

Better (and Cheaper) Technology: Commercial and industrial users are finding that conventional water filtration techniques are expensive compared with reverse osmosis technology. The increasing adoption of reverse osmosis technology, and other improvements in pumping technology, has increased the revenue growth in the water desalination pumps market and will continue to do so.

IoT:  The growing adoption of IoT to leverage the energy efficiency potential will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. In industrial premises, the advantages of IoT have been increasing the adoption rate of smart devices. In order to control plant operation over the Internet, desalination operators are extensively implementing automation.


Mitigating Factors

However, volatility in the raw materials prices will affect profit margins within the market, Technavio says. Fluctuations in the raw material prices impact the cost of materials like magnets and permanent magnet motors. Although the risk of price volatility can be hedged by derivative instruments, it is expected to limit the growth of the market during the forecast period.

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