Membrane bioreactor is an advanced technology that is based on the microbial process and is widely used in the wastewater treatment as it effectively separate the biomass from the treated water by filtration through a membrane. Moreover, it enhances the effluent quality, reduce footprint and control biomass retention. Membrane bioreactor is majorly used in the large-sized wastewater treatment plant that treat wastewater coming from the industrial or municipal sector.
The global membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems market is estimated to account for US$ 2,506.1 Mn in terms of value and 16,579.7 Thousand cubic meter in terms of volume by the end of 2019.
An increasing wastewater treatment plant coupled with the increasing adoption of the automation in the industry is expected to propel the growth of the membrane bioreactor market. For instance, in July 2019, Suez has won a contract worth €145m ($161.4m) to build and operate a wastewater the treatment plant in New Delhi, India. The contract was awarded to Suez by Delhi Jal Board, the governing body for water management. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 564,000m3 per day once it becomes completely operational.
Increasing enforcement of strict rules and regulation regarding the proper discharge of water is projected to offer potential opportunities to the market of a membrane bioreactor. For instance, according to the Environmental Protection Act 1994, local governments administer approvals and licenses for environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) involving wastewater releases that might have a local impact. The department administers approvals and licenses to ERAs involving wastewater releases that might have a regional or statewide impact.
High initial investment and operational costs are projected to hamper the market growth. Moreover, the lack of awareness regarding the benefits of membrane bioreactor across the developing region are projected to foster the market growth over the forecast period.
On the basis of region Asia Pacific region holds 41.8% share in terms of value in the global membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems market in the year 2019 followed by Latin America
On the basis of application, municipal wastewater treatment segment dominated the global membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems market in 2019 by holding a share of 64.4%.
On the basis of type, the hollow sheet segment dominated the global membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems market in 2019 with a 75.6% of market share in terms of value, followed byflat sheet and multi tubular segment respectively.
The development of advanced membrane bioreactor by key players for business expansion is a growing trend in the market. For instance, in October 2018 Smith & Loveless has displayed the latest in Membrane Bioreactor technology with its launch of the new TITAN MBR™ at WEFTEC's Water Quality Event in New Orleans. It is enhanced with smart automation (including for decanting and chemical cleaning functions), touchscreen PLC controls, minimal O&M requirements, and robust construction.
Distribution and supply of membrane bioreactor agreement among key players is a growing trend in market growth. For instance, in April 2018, Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., and Giotto Water S.r.l. have entered into an exclusive partnership for the distribution of Evoqua’s Memcor® product range in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement Giotto will exclusively market and sell Memcor ultrafiltration and Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) products throughout Europe.
Global Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
The sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus has impacted many industries including the wastewater treatment industry. The recent studies shows that coronavirus can be transmitted through the mixing of saliva with different source of wastewater and can easily contaminate large amount of wastewater that is being generated from hospitals, domestic households and quarantine centre. Thereby, most of the producers are centering on improvement of wastewater treatment systems that will result in the decline of possible risk and exclusion of the contaminants in the water.
Few Recent Developments
In April 2018, Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., and Giotto Water S.r.l. have entered into an exclusive partnership for the distribution of Evoqua’s Memcor® product range in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Giotto will exclusively market and sell Memcor ultrafiltration and Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) products throughout Europe.