Mobile water treatment system refers to a water treatment equipment installed in a portable vehicle, such as a truck, trailer, skid or transport container, and can be transported and delivered to the site where treated water is required. Various equipment are provided to the mobile water treatment plant, which include flexible hoses, water meters and fittings. Additionally, to make the mobile water treatment plant completely standalone mobile generators are also provided. Mobile water treatment services are availed by various industries for short-term leases or long-term outsourcing. Various end use industries, such as power & energy, oil & gas, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, etc., opt for mobile water treatment during emergency or pre-planned outages, plant commissioning, delayed delivery of new plant equipment, capacity expansion and surged water demand, and other emergency situations.
Mobile water treatment service providers offer different technologies, such as ion exchange resin, membranes, filters, etc., which can be customized according to the demand of the customer. Moreover, they are also provided on rental basis which allows end users to avail the services as per his/her requirements.
Mobile water treatment for industries is required in the following situations:
1. As temporary system for planned maintenance and commissioning
2. To provide temporary solution for the plant breakdown
3. To provide water for production expansion
4. To provide a specific solution for temporary time period
In 2018, global market of mobile water treatment systems stood at around USD2 billion.
Among regions, North America and South America cumulatively accounted for 76.25% share in global mobile water treatment systems market in 2018. Ageing pipeline infrastructure coupled with rapid industrialization is anticipated to aid the demand for mobile water treatment services in the United States, which constitute more than 50% share in the global market.
Furthermore, increasing scarcity of freshwater resources has fueled the demand for alternative resources, such as reuse and recycle of wastewater or desalination of sea and brackish water. In addition, ageing infrastructure necessitates the requirement for repair and maintenance so as to address the growing demand for water for drinking as well as industrial purposes. Consequently, the demand for mobile water treatment systems is anticipated to increase at a rapid rate as such services can be rapidly deployed at the desired site, with no capital investment required for set-up.
Moreover, the ability of mobile water treatment systems to meet short-term, long-term or emergency process water requirement during seasonal peak in production demand, plant breakdown and maintenance or natural calamities like drought and hurricanes is expected to further boost their demand in the coming years.
Mobile treatment systems come in different variants depending on the capacity, power requirements and treatment requirements. Membrane technology used in the mobile water treatment system is of two types, namely low pressure membrane systems- Micro and Ultra Filtration; and High pressure membrane systems- Reverse osmosis and nanofiltration.
In the technological aspect, 85% of the mobile treatment water systems utilize ion exchange and RO, however the usage of Ultrafiltration-HighFlow (UF-HF) is growing at a rapid pace and in the next 10 years, the technology is anticipated to dominate the mobile water treatment systems market.
Membranes are of different types such as Microfiltration (MF), Ultrafiltration (UF), Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Nanofiltration (NF) membranes. In order to survive in highly competitive mobile water treatment services market, well-known membrane manufacturers are continuously launching new innovative products.
By- Mr. Karan Chechi
Research Director at TechSci Research