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The global market for membrane bioreactor systems (MBRs) totaled $425.7
million in 2014 and is projected to approach $777.7 million by 2019, registering
a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8% through 2019.
This report provides:-An overview of the global membrane bioreactors markets used for wastewater
treatment.-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013 and 2014, and projections
of CAGRs through 2019.-Identification of the challenges for major water users specifically in the
municipal, industrial, and environmental sectors.-Analysis of the membrane component of MBRs, the biological component, system
configurations, and typical MBR performance.-Evaluations of system applications, market share, and industry structure.-Profiles of major players active in the market.
STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
This comprehensive market research report evaluates the global membrane
bioreactors (MBRs) market 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 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.
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
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 five-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
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 $3.5 million. The largest percentage of new
system installations, 90% or more, will continue to fall into the 5,000 gpd to
500,000 gpd range (most of those, 60% or so, will have capacities of less than
25,000 gpd). About 5% or fewer will be larger than 1 mgd.
Currency conversions are normalized in so far as possible. Much of the historic
information is from BCC Research data.
The information sources for this study include online research, patent
literature, technical journals, and interviews with principals in the industry.
In evaluating the global market for membrane bioreactors, information was
obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of State;
Aquastat, the United Nations’ global water information system; and publications
from the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the
European Commission, the Water Resources Institute, and various academic
institutions. Projections for each market are made in terms of constant dollars.
Historical values are for the year given.
Table of Contents :CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTIONSTUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY INTENDED AUDIENCE SCOPE OF REPORT METHODOLOGY INFORMATION SOURCES ANALYST CREDENTIALS RELATED BCC REPORTS BCC ONLINE SERVICES DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER TWO: EXECUTIVE SUMMARYEXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR MARKET, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) SUMMARY FIGURE MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR MARKET, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER THREE: OVERVIEWHISTORY AMOUNTS OF WATER TO BE TREATED GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES, WITHDRAWALS
FIGURE 1 GLOBAL FRESH WATER STRESS, 1995 AND FORECAST FOR 2025
U.S. WATER RESOURCES, WITHDRAWALS MBRS IN BRIEF MICROORGANISMS AEROBIC, ANAEROBIC
TABLE 1 COMPARISON OF AEROBIC, ANAEROBIC MBRS TABLE 2 GLOBAL VALUE OF MBRS, BY TYPE OF MICROBIAL PROCESS, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 2 GLOBAL VALUE OF MBRS, BY TYPE OF MICROBIAL PROCESS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
MEMBRANES MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING METHODS, MODULES FLUX FOULING SELECTING MEMBRANES FOR MBRS SYSTEM CONFIGURATION: SUBMERGED, EXTERNAL
FIGURE 3 SCHEMATIC OF SUBMERGED MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR FIGURE 4 SCHEMATIC OF EXTERNAL MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR TABLE 3 VALUE OF MBRS, BY CONFIGURATION, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 5 VALUE OF MBRS, BY CONFIGURATION, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS) TABLE 4 ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MBR CONFIGURATIONS TABLE 5 MAJOR MANUFACTURERS OF MBRS AND THEIR PRODUCTS
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PERFORMANCE PARTICLE REMOVAL AND DISINFECTION REMOVAL OF ORGANIC MATTER NUTRIENT REMOVAL TRACE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS COMPETING WASTEWATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES
TABLE 6 TECHNOLOGIES USED IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT
CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS
TABLE 7 CAPITAL COST COMPARISONS OF NEW CAS PLANT AND NEW MBR PLANT, 1,000 P.E. TABLE 8 REDUCTIONS IN AERATION ENERGY CONSUMPTION, 1998-2006 (SCFM/FT2) FIGURE 6 REDUCTIONS IN AERATION ENERGY CONSUMPTION, 1998-2006 (SCFM/FT2) TABLE 9 DECREASES IN MEMBRANE REPLACEMENT COSTS, 1998-2006 ($/FT2) FIGURE 7 DECREASES IN MEMBRANE REPLACEMENT COSTS ($/FT2)
TREND TO LARGE PLANTS
TABLE 10 WORLD’S 20 LARGEST MBR PLANTS, (AS OF JUNE 2010)
CHAPTER FOUR: APPLICATIONS FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
TABLE 11 APPLICATION SHARE FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY, BY WASTEWATER TYPE, 2010 (PERCENT OF INSTALLED CAPACITY) FIGURE 8 APPLICATION SHARE FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY, BY WASTEWATER TYPE, 2010 (PERCENT OF INSTALLED CAPACITY) TABLE 12 MARKET VALUE BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 9 MARKET VALUE BY APPLICATION, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
DOMESTIC, MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
TABLE 13 TYPICAL CONTAMINANTS IN UNTREATED MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
DOMESTIC, MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER
TABLE 14 POTENTIAL WASTEWATER COMPONENTS BY INDUSTRY
HEAVY METALS ORGANIC COMPOUNDS OILY WASTEWATERS INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT LANDFILL LEACHATE IN-BUILDING WATER RECYCLING OTHER WASTEWATER SHIPBOARD WASTEWATER Cruise Lines World NaviesAGRICULTURAL 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 CHAPTER FIVE: PATENT SURVEYBY COMPANY
TABLE 15 PATENT SURVEY, BY COMPANY, 1991-2010 (NUMBER/%) FIGURE 10 PATENT SURVEY, BY COMPANY, 1991-2010 (%)
TABLE 16 PATENT SURVEY, BY APPLICATION, 1991-2010 (NUMBER/%) FIGURE 11 PATENT SURVEY, BY APPLICATION, 1001-2010 (%)
CHAPTER SIX: THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBR TECHNOLOGYTHE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBR TECHNOLOGY
TABLE 17 VALUE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBRS, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 12 VALUE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
U.S. ECONOMIC TRENDS WATER NEEDS CANADA ECONOMIC TRENDS WATER NEEDS NORTH AMERICAN MBR EXPERIENCE
TABLE 18 MARKET SHARE FOR MBR MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 2010 (%)FIGURE 13 MARKET SHARE FOR MBR MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 2010 (%)
NORTH AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR MBRSDesalination and Water Purification TechnologyRoadmap Water Environment Research Foundation WateReuse Foundation MWH CHAPTER SEVEN: GLOBAL MARKETS FOR MBR TECHNOLOGYFOREIGN 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
TABLE 19 EVALUATION OF MBRS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
MARKET VALUE MBR SYSTEMS BY GLOBAL REGION
TABLE 20 VALUE OF MBR SYSTEMS BY GLOBAL REGION, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 14 VALUE OF MBR SYSTEMS BY GLOBAL REGION, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
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
TABLE 21 VALUE OF THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 15 VALUE OF THE EUROPEAN MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
OVERVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN MBR EXPERIENCE
TABLE 22 NUMBER OF INSTALLED MBRS IN THE EU, BY COUNTRY, 2005-2010 FIGURE 16 NUMBER OF INSTALLED MBRS IN THE EU, BY COUNTRY, 2010 TABLE 23 END-USE APPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL MBRS IN EUROPE, BY INDUSTRY, 2010 FIGURE 17 END-USE APPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL MBRS IN EUROPE, BY INDUSTRY, 2010
COUNTRY ANALYSIS BELGIUM Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience FRANCE Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience GERMANY Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience ITALY Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience SPAIN Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience THE NETHERLANDS Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience UNITED KINGDOM Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience EASTERN EUROPE Poland Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience Turkey Economic Trends Water Needs MBR Experience THE ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MBRS
TABLE 24 VALUE OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 18 VALUE OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
AUSTRALIA Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience CHINA Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience INDIA Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience JAPAN Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience
TABLE 25 MUNICIPAL MBR INSTALLATIONS IN JAPAN
SOUTH KOREA Current Economic Trends Water NeedsMBR Experience SINGAPORE Current Economic Trends Water Issues MBR Experience THE MIDDLE EAST/AFRICAN MARKET FOR MBRS
TABLE 26 VALUE OF THE MIDDLE EAST/AFRICAN MARKET FOR MBRS, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 19 VALUE OF THE MIDDLE EAST/AFRICAN MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
MIDDLE EAST MIDDLE EAST MBR EXPERIENCE Bahrain Current Economic TrendsWater Needs Kuwait Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience Egypt Current Economic TrendsWater Needs Israel Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience Saudi Arabia Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience United Arab Emirates Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience AFRICA MBR Experience THE LATIN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN MARKET FOR MBRS
TABLE 27 VALUE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN MARKET FOR MBRS, THROUGH 2015 ($ MILLIONS) FIGURE 20 VALUE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN MARKET FOR MBRS, 1990-2015 ($ MILLIONS)
LATIN AMERICA Argentina Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience Brazil Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience Mexico Current Economic TrendsWater Needs MBR Experience CARIBBEAN Bahamas Current Economic TrendsWater Needs Jamaica Current Economic TrendsWater Needs CHAPTER EIGHT: INDUSTRY STRUCTURECONGLOMERATES WATER/WASTEWATER TREATMENT COMPANIES SPECIALIZED PROVIDERS STRATEGIES FOR REMAINING COMPETITIVE MARKET SHARE
TABLE 28 MARKET SHARE OF TOTAL INSTALLED CAPACITY, BY COMPANY, 2010 (%) FIGURE 21 MARKET SHARE OF TOTAL INSTALLED CAPACITY, BY COMPANY, 2010 (%)
COMPANY PROFILES A3 WATER SOLUTIONS GMBH Projects TABLE 29 A3 REFERENCE PLANTS ACWA SERVICES, LTD. Memtreat MBR Projects TABLE 30 ACWA MBR INSTALLATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 2002-2006 ADI SYSTEMS, INC. AnMBR ALFA LAVAL Hollow Sheet AQUA-AEROBIC SYSTEMS, INC. Aqua-Aerobic MBR AQUATECH INTERNATIONAL Aqua-EMBR ASAHI KASEI Microza MBR
TABLE 31 ASAHI REFERENCE PLANTS, 2007-2010
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
TABLE 32 GE REFERENCE PLANTS
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
TABLE 33 HUBER REFERENCE PLANTS
HITACHI, LTD. Hitachi Compact MBRINDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ITRI) ITT INDUSTRIES ITT Dual-Stage MBR KEPPEL CORP. Keppel Seghers Technology Group BV Unibrane Submerged MBR Projects
TABLE 34 KEPPEL SEGHERS REFERENCE PLANTS
KIBARAN TERNAMA SDN. BHD. KOCH MEMBRANE SYSTEMS Puron MBR Puron Plus Projects
TABLE 35 PURON REFERENCE PLANTS
KOLON INDUSTRIES KUBOTA CORP. Kubota MBR Projects
TABLE 36 KUBOTA REFERENCE PLANTS
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
TABLE 37 MITSUBISHI REFERENCE PLANTS
TIANJIN MOTIMO MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY, LTD. NORIT Airlift MBR Projects NOVASEP GROUP Novasep MBR Projects
TABLE 38 NOVASEP REFERENCE PLANTS
NOVOFLOW GMBH OVIVO Projects
TABLE 39 ENVIROQUIP REFERENCE PLANTS
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 & TECHNOLOGYCO., LTD. SHAW GROUP Shaw MBR SIEMENS AG Siemens MBRs MemPulse MBR EcoRight Projects
TABLE 40 SIEMENS REFERENCE PLANTS
SMITH & LOVELESS Titan MBRs SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT BRM MBR Projects SUMITOMO ELECTRIC FINE POLYMER TORAY INDUSTRIES Toray MBR Projects
TABLE 41 TORAY REFERENCE PLANTS
TRIQUA BV Triqua MBRsProjects 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
TABLE 42 WEHRLE WERK REFERENCE PLANTS
WEISE WATER SYSTEMS MicroClear MBR WJP SOLUTIONS WPJS MBR ZENA MEMBRANES APPENDIX I
TABLE 43 PATENT SURVEY, JANUARY 29, 1991-DECEMBER 18, 2007