The global electrodialysis systems market is expected to grow to a value of USD 613 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 4.2% from the early figures of USD 423 million in 2021.
Electrodialysis is a process of transportation of ions using the electric field as a driving force concerning the charge the ions have. Electrodialysis is becoming the most popular technique for wastewater treatment and seawater desalination. With the issues of water faced worldwide, there is an increase in the demand for water treatment facilities and techniques to treat the wastewater and desalinate the seawater. The said market is expected to boom with an extreme level of water pollution arising in nearly every region of the world and the awareness regarding how to treat the wastewater and re-use it for day-to-day purposes.
Water is the fundamental need of human beings and is the most crucial need for life on Earth. The increasing demand for water in commercial and non-commercial needs in urban, rural, and industrial sites poses a severe economic and ecological threat to water management techniques linked to waste disposal and resource depletion. With the advancements in technology and the enormous industrial growth, the requirement for water in large volumes has escalated the need for water treatment plants. With industries growing rapidly and production at an all-time high, high volumes of contaminated water are released from the industries into the water bodies like oceans, rivers, ponds, etc.
According to a study conducted by environmental professionals, nearly one-third of the water bodies are polluted and need serious action. With the awareness campaigns running worldwide and NGOs working for the said cause, people are concerned about water pollution and have started to act on it. With such awareness among people, industries have also begun acting to prevent water pollution and following the guidelines given by the governing authorities to avoid the water bodies from industrial and household waste dumping. Thus, there is a massive demand for such water treatment systems, which are a crucial driver for the said market.
The electrodialysis system is based on a laboratory membrane separation process driven by the force of current gradient potential. Here, the ions are transported through the permeable membrane under the influenced electric field from one stream to another. The most common and widely used segment of such electrodialysis system is the industries with a huge amount of water wastage during their production process. The industries produce clean drinking water from brackish water sources.
Along with this, the said systems can be innovatively used in various applications like process engineering, manufacturing, food and pharma, recycling industries, and wastewater treatment. Electrodialysis systems offer significant environmental benefits and properties such as high-separation efficiency, selectivity, and chemical-free treatment. Given the benefits of electrodialysis systems, the global electrodialysis systems market is booming.
The inability of the electrodialysis system to filter the non-charged high-molecular-weight and the low mobility ionic species can be one of the major obstacles to the growth of the global electrodialysis systems market. The restrictions and liabilities to be completed before adopting the electrodialysis system will hamper the overall market growth. Further, the need for various systems and applications to use the electrodialysis system is the major obstacle to the development of the market.
The growth of the electrodialysis market is based on the overall applications, out of which desalination is among the top. The wastewater treatment techniques are widely used nowadays for industrial, municipal, and household use. It is used as an alternative to the RO and seawater concentration for salt production. Currently, the Electrodialysis systems are applied to assist the waste and hazard removal, product purification, and power generation process. With the ongoing research and developments in the global electrodialysis systems market, it holds a great potential to grow with an impeccable figure in various industries.
Following are some industries where the global electrodialysis market has a wide range of applications: Agriculture, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Food-beverage and Tobacco Industry, Industrial Water Supply, Micro-Electronics, Mining and Metallurgy, Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Paper Industry, and Hotel and Resorts. With these diverse applications, there are umpteen opportunities in the global electrodialysis systems market.
The global electrodialysis systems market share is segmented across type and scale. When segmenting the global market for electrodialysis systems by type, it is classified into continuous electrodialysis and batch electrodialysis. The continuous electrodialysis segmentation earns the major share, with a revenue of USD 331 million in 2021. It is expected to reach a figure of USD 479 million, with a CAGR of 4.2% by 2030. Continuous electrodialysis systems are used in large-scale industries where there is a need for continual water treatment. The continuous approach of cleaning the water helps the user workforce with a single bath while three or four baths must be kept in the inventories ready.
Simultaneously, the batch electrodialysis system has a significant share in the market, standing at USD 92.5 million in 2021. It is expected to grow to USD 132 million by 2030, with a CAGR of 4%. The batch process is applicable for small and middle scale plants that are operational for a small number of water treatments. Here the source water is recirculated from a holding tank through the demineralizing spacers of a single membrane stack in this ED system and back to the holding tank before the final purity is obtained.
The global electrodialysis systems market is further segmented by scale into industrial and laboratory scales. The industrial-scale segment is dominant over the laboratory scale, with a revenue of USD 289 million in 2021, reaching an estimated figure of USD 422 million by 2030, with a CAGR of 4.3%. The industrial-scale segment has a high demand for water treatment services.
The laboratory-scale segment is also booming, with an estimated sales figure of USD 190 million in 2030 at a CAGR of 3.90%, a considerable growth from USD 134 million in 2021. This segment is operating primarily for the research and development works to develop next-generation water treatment solutions. For this, the wastewater is taken into laboratories and made to pass through the entire electrodialysis process and make sure the process cleans the water to the maximum extent. This also caters to the FMCG industries, where packaged foods and drinks are produced and distributed.
The Pandemic had a devastating impact on most countries, leading to the shutting of operations of most industries. The most adverse effect that the Pandemic had was the disruption of the global supply chain which hampered the overall operation and growth of industries. Such a vast supply and demand gap in the manufacturing and distribution of components used in the electrodialysis system had a significant impact on the overall growth of the electrodialysis system, affecting the overall sales of the product.
These implications may affect the overall liquidity and the revenue generation of the said market segment. Despite the negative impact of the Pandemic on the market, the global electrodialysis systems market is attracting enormous demands from various industries and governing authorities to take some preventive measures against water pollution.
The global electrodialysis systems market share is segmented across four regions: America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.
The Middle East and Africa have the major share of the market, with an estimated value of USD 97 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 4.6%—a significant growth from USD 64.8 million in 2021. The region is leading the global market for electrodialysis systems due to various factors affecting market dynamics.
The Middle East and Africa contribute a significant market share, raising the demand for global electrodialysis systems. The region has water scarcity as the ocean surrounds the land. Thus, it requires water treatment plants to desalinate the seawater and make it usable for drinking and other commercial use. The Middle East and Africa are attracting global market players due to the high demand for treated and safe water.
Asia-Pacific accounts for the second position in terms of market share, with a figure of USD 91 million in 2021. It is expected to reach USD 133 million by 2030, with an estimated CAGR of 4.3%. The Asia-Pacific market is growing steadily as the region has great potential, with major players in the global industry operating from the APAC region.
America and Europe also have a substantial share in the global market, with the estimated figures of USD 189 million and USD 167 million, respectively, over the forecasted period. The European market is one of the most established and steadily growing segments, with new water treatment plants being set up to cater to the nation's water treatment needs. The European region has strong regulatory policies for wastewater treatment and has found usefulness because of its capabilities in reducing toxins and harmful substances present in the discharged waters.
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