The Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market was valued at USD 3.3 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 6.5 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.1% during the forecast period.
RO membranes are capable of eliminating 90–99% of pollutants in the water supply, such as Total Dissolved Solids (TDSs). When a semipermeable barrier separates two liquids with varying concentrations, osmosis occurs. For example, in RO water purification systems, the osmotic pressure is overcome by applying hydraulic pressure to the concentrated side via pump. The concentrated solution is then drained and collected downstream of the membrane which is utilized in the market.
Increasing demand for desalination projects is anticipated to boost the demand for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes market. Desalination is majorly focused on the Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. For instance, The Rabigh 3 desalination project, which was recently granted to ACWA Power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed one of the world's largest desalination facilities., whose capacity is 600,000 m3/day, that equates to 600 million litres of water generated every day. These desalination projects are expected to boost the sales for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.
Moreover, the government regulation regarding using clean drinking water is poised to foster the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth. Programmes such as the Environmental and Resource Efficiency Plan (2008), China's Special Plan for Seawater Utilization (2005), and the United States' Clean Water Act (1972, Amendment 1987) for clean and safe water, among others. The introduction of new water projects also adds on to the reverse osmosis (RO) market growth. For instance, in May 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly $17 million in grant money to support local drinking water and wastewater systems that often serve small communities and rural America with training and technical assistance. These investment grants are expected to drive the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market demand.
By Membrane Type
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Based on material, thin film composite segment accounted for the largest global reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market share during the forecast period for the owing to their application in desalination projects
These membranes feature a high rejection rate for undesired elements including metal ions and salts, as well as a high filtration rate and mechanical robustness. Additionally, the research & development in this segment is expected to support the market. Chemical surface modifications are a potential post-treatment approach that has been frequently used to improve the surface properties of TFC membranes. Mickols and colleagues [according to Mickols W.E. Method of Treating Polyamide Membranes to Increase Flux. 5,755,964. U.S. Patent. 1998 May 26;], for example, utilised ethylenediamine and ethanolamine to boost membrane hydrophilicity. According to their findings, strengthening hydrogen bonding at the PA layer can improve the interaction between water molecules and the membrane surface, resulting in increased water flux.
Based on the applications, the desalination segment was the fastest growing segment in 2020 in the overall reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market owing to the increase in number of desalination projects across the globe
The desalination segment was accounted for the largest global reverse osmosis (RO) market share in the year 2020. The government's aspirations to use clean water as a source of energy are another element driving the reverse osmosis membrane market forward. With the current pipeline of projects in development, the MENA (Middle East & North Africa region accounts for over half of all global desalination capacity (48 percent), with the GCC leading the way. An expected investment increase of $4.3 billion in the sector over the next two years indicates how committed water-stressed countries are ensuring sustainable future supply. Furthermore, upcoming projects in the countries such as Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Taweelah is expected to be finished and operational in Q4 2022 and will be 44% larger than the world's current largest reverse osmosis facility, with a daily processing capacity of 909,200 cubic metres. The introduction of such new projects is expected to foster the reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market growth.
Based on regions, the market for reverse osmosis (RO) membrane in North America accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to extensive technological advancements in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market, followed by Asia Pacific and Europe
Geographically, North America is estimated to dominate the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market in the forecast period. The North American region is well-established and mature market for every technological advancement. In Canada reverse osmosis is used in wastewater industrial treatment. For instance, Canadian Clear is an organization that provides reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, wastewater treatment from industries, industry boiler replenishment and others. Additionally, in the U.S. reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are utilized in residential applications. For instance, AXEON, DeSal, Dow Filmtec, GE, Toray, Hydranautics, R.O. UltraTec, and others manufacture are compatible with the US Water's residential and commercial reverse osmosis membranes. They specialise in reverse osmosis membranes with diameters of 1.8, 2.5, and 4 inches, as well as residential and commercial reverse osmosis membranes. The use of RO technologies in this region is expected to foster the reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market growth.
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Supply chain disruptions, shifts in demand patterns, and other emergency measures have to be dealt with by the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market. Due to shutdowns or curtailed activities, several major water consumers lowered their use. During the crisis, there was a drop in revenue and a reduction in capital expenditures. In the long run, expediting water treatment projects, incorporating sophisticated digital technologies, increasing disaster preparedness spending, and increasing the robustness of employees, systems, and equipment are all important. The government’s plans for reaching more citizens after the covid outbreak, is expected to support the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth. For instance, The US Environmental Protection Agency's Strategic Plan for FY 2018–FY 2022 stresses the agency's "Back-to-Basics" mission. The agency is expected to continue to use the State Revolving Funds (SRFs) and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to help states, tribes, municipalities, and private companies finance high-priority infrastructure projects that safeguard human health and the environment. Such government plans are expected to foster the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth.
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Company Profiles and Desalination
The key players operating in the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane market are:
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