We’re proud to announce the release of a new study of the future of desalination. The ability of desalination technology to convert seawater, brackish water, or wastewater to fresh, clean drinking water is tantalizing, and there’s a number of promising approaches for improving the cost, environmental impact, and durability of current desalination methods. However, while the use of desalination is set to roughly triple in the next 12 years, in most segments the current incumbent technology, reverse osmosis, will remain predominant. Clients can find the report here; others see below and in our press release for more details.
Reverse osmosis (RO) dominates the desalination equipment market with a 54% revenue share in 2008, but a host of rivals are on the move. Our analysis finds that desalination’s long-term winners will vary by market segment – RO will share the seawater market with new forward osmosis variants, see several new rivals fragment the brackish water segment, and go unchallenged in water recycling. RO is so entrenched that its variations will dominate for 20 years, with new technologies coming to market only through RO hybridization.