Nanoporous Membranes Market size is forecast to reach $5.95 billion by 2025, after growing at a CAGR of 11.2% during 2020-2025. Nanoporous membrane in the range of nanometers and sub nanometers is increasing its demand due to overall demand for water. As the quantity of wastewater is generated the total pollution load continues to rise worldwide. Owing to which water treatment is the fastest-growing market due to the mass consumption and demand of clean water. Also, increasing demand of Nanoporous Membrane in biomedical and food processing applications will enhance the market demand of Nanoporous Membranes Industry over the forecast period.
- Increasing shortage of fresh water sources has led towards the need for treating industrial wastewater possessing minute pollutants which is expected to boost the demand for Nanoporous membranes in the coming years.
- According to United States Bureau of Reclamation, rise in investments in water desalination projects such as funding of up to $1 million to its desalination and water purification research program to seek innovative and cost-effective new water treatment technologies is further expected to boost the nanoporous membranes market growth in the forecast period.
- Bio fouling is a critical issue in the treatment of membrane water and wastewater, as the efficiency of treatment processes is greatly compromised which acts as one of the main challenge for Nanoporous Membranes Market.
- Due to COVID-19 palindrome and nationwide lockdown, the shortage in the supply of nanoporous materials for applications such as bio analytical devices and biosensors can hinder the pharmaceutical industry.
Nanoporous Membranes Type- Segment Analysis
Inorganic Membrane segment held the largest share in the Nanoporous Membranes Market in 2019. Inorganic Membrane is undergoing rapid development and innovation due to its exceptional property such as high chemical stability, advantage of resisting harsh chemical cleaning, high temperature and wear resistance, long lifetime and autoclavable. Increasing use of Inorganic Membrane for water treatment and desalination applications would fuel the market demand over the predicted era.
Fabrication Methods- Segment Analysis
Phase Inversion segment held the largest share in the Nanoporous Membranes Market in 2019.Phase inversion is a demixing process in which initially homogeneous polymer solution is transformed from a liquid state to a solid state in a controlled manner (i.e.) It helps to fabricate polymeric porous membrane with a large form of structure. Phase Inversion is the most commonly used method in microfiltration, ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis.
Application – Segment Analysis
Waste Water Treatment held the largest share in the Nanoporous Membranes Market in 2019 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.1% during forecast period 2020-2025. About 71% of earth’s surface is covered with water out of which only 0.03% of water is clean and can be used by humans. Nanoporous Membranes filter pollutants, such as metallic ions, salts, organic molecules, and microbes from wastewater. Nanoporous membranes has rapid adoption in the water treatment application due to the rapid development of industries and increasing human activities, such as metallurgy, fertilizers, steel, mining, food & beverages and pesticides. Zeolite membranes are widely used as an alternative to polymeric membranes for desalination of seawater and wastewater. Hence, nanoporous membranes are widely used in water treatment applications in order to keep the water clean from harmful microbes in water such as algae, fungi, planktons, virus, bacteria, and amoebas which is responsible for causing illnesses. Increasing use of water treatment in industries due to its advantages for operation at room temperature, simple operation processes, low energy consumption, high efficiency, and small investment would increase in demand of Nanoporous Membranes Market in the forecast period.
Geography- Segment Analysis
North America held the largest share with 38.2% in 2019 in Nanoporous Membranes Market. The United States is a major industrialized country which houses multiple industries in categories of large, medium, and tiny. The nation is renowned for its booming trading activities. United States Environmental Protection Agency works on supplying clean drinking water and manages the ‘Safe Water Policy Revolving Program’s, in which it funds environmental protection to fulfill infrastructure needs. In addition to the loans, the government is now supporting private investments in water and wastewater treatment.
Drivers –Nanoporous Membranes Market
- Increasing use of Nanoporous Membrane in Biomedical Applications
Nanoporous Membranes Market is used in many biomedical applications such as sorting, sensing, isolating and releasing biological molecules. For use in smart implantable drug delivery systems, bio artificial organs and other novel nano-enabled medical devices, nanoporous systems engineered to mimic natural filtration systems are being actively developed. Immunoisolation devices are increasingly used to transplant cells for treating a variety of human diseases without the need for immunosuppressive drugs. The drug delivery mechanism using nanoporous membranes can be used by patient-customized medical care for a new treatment of different diseases. In addition, with the introduction of several new microdialysis systems for use in the peripheral organs, microdialysis is seeing widespread use in sampling molecules in tissues such as muscle, liver and adipose tissue, as well as in the spinal cord, synovial fluid, vitreous humour, and blood to assess the delivery and distribution of parent drug and metabolites and their effects on endogenous compounds. Also, nanoporous membrane is used for the production of implantable surgical systems.
- Increasing demand from fuel cells
Proton-exchange membrane type fuel cell is an appealing and viable choice for renewable energy production for mobile and transport applications. Proton-exchange membrane fuel cell is efficient and has high energy density. Fuel cells provide a major benefit over conventional combustion-based thermal energy transfer, resulting in electrical power efficiencies ranging between 35 and 55%, resulting in extremely small pollutant emissions. Proton-exchange membrane can be operated under warm conditions further improving the efficiency of fuel cells.
Challenges – Nanoporous Membranes Market
- Fouling resistance of membrane
Membrane fouling is a major hindrance to advancing water treatment and membrane separation technologies. Fouling diminishes process productivity, shortens membrane life and span raises operating costs. Membrane flux is reduced by fouling either temporarily or permanently. The main problem in the application of membrane filtration technologies is the decrease of permeates flux or irreversible membrane fouling. Inorganic fouling or scaling, colloidal fouling, organic fouling, and biofouling are the types of membrane fouling which has been introduced. Formation of biofilms on the membrane surfaces or membrane biofouling is regarded as the major problem.
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Nanoporous Membranes Market. In2019, the market of Nanoporous Membranes Market has been consolidated by the top five players accounting for xx% of the share. Major players in the Nanoporous Membranes Market are Alfa Laval Ab, Applied Membranes Inc , Smart Membranes GmbH, Hunan Keensen Technology Co.,Ltd., SUEZ, inopor, MICRODYN-NADIR, Asia Production Bridge Co. Ltd, DowDuPont, Hunan Keensen Technology Co, Koch Membrane System Inc, among others.
- In December2018, DowDuPont water solutions started a new manufacturing line for the reverse osmosis membrane at the Sadara factory to fabricate membrane technology and increase the output efficiency of the completely integrated Sadara Chemical Company Group in Saudi Arabia.