Wastewater treatment has become an essential process to meet the growing demand of water across the globe on account of increasing population and rapid urbanization. What we flush down the toilet and plug-holes in our house eventually requires treatment at a sewage treatment plant. Wastewater is treated when it reaches the plant, and in the process organic matter and nutrients are removed, thereby creating solid waste. This waste is further treated to remove odour and harmful organisms, resulting in formation of biosolids. The final quality of the biosolids produced depends on the quality of the sewage entering the treatment plant and the treatment process. Biosolids are graded according to chemical composition and the level of pathogens remaining after production. These biosolids are rich in minerals and nutrients, and are increasingly used in a variety of sectors, ranging from agriculture (used in the form of soil conditioner and fertilizer) to energy production. This wide range of biosolid application is driving the global biosolids market, which is estimated to reach a total market value of $174.98 million by the end of 2020 from $133.60 million in 2014, a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.60% for the forecast period.
These treated sludge or biosolids have a wide range of application. Agriculture is the dominant application area of biosolids, accounting for 60% of the market as of 2014, followed by non-agriculture land application (20%) and energy recovery (20%). Crop fertilizer is the major application of biosolids in agriculture, while reclaiming mining sites is most commonly observed in non-agricultural application. Heat generation is the major application in energy production using biosolids as fuel; accounting for 88% of the energy production usage in 2014. Commercial usage was worth $5.34 million as of 2014.
Even though applications of biosolids are growing across all regions, the U.S. continues to be the major market for this segment and accounted for 35.83% of the global biosolids market in 2014. Mexico and China will witness fastest growth in North America and Asia Pacific regions respectively, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) values of 12.52% and 11.15% for the forecast period.
This report also discusses current and the advances in the State of Biosolids Management Practice.
The companies discussed in this report are: Casella Organics, Alka-Tech, Biodisk Corp., GeoEnvironmet Technologies are Wm. H. Reilly & Company among others.
There are many drivers for Biosolids market the major one being the stringent government emission laws which allows the wastewater (sludge) from chemical plants and factories to be treated to an acceptable level, thereby increasing the use of biosolids. Also, biosolids provides an eco-friendly way of replacing the hazardous chemical fertilizers, thus driving the market.
Technological advancements have been limited in biosolids. High capital expenditure and high operating costs have been a hurdle for the biosolids treatment market growth despite its benefits and applications across the sectors. The market is expected to witness moderate growth over the forecast period due to 1) lack of new developments and 2) required push from different governments across the developing countries. Commercial uses are limited and high competition in commercial fertilizer market is further hindering the growth of biosolids market.
This market is currently only popular in developed economies of Europe and America, the developing countries present huge opportunity for biosoilds to tap into, mainly due to their vast agricultural activities.
What the report contains
The report elucidates the situation of biosolids around the world and studies the markets of the biosolids’ applications which include Fertilizer, Forestry, Land reclamation, Landscaping and Energy recovery among others.
Lastly, the report is divided by geography – North Americas, Europe, the Asia-Pacific (APAC), South America and Middle-East & Africa (MEA); where-in the market share of each region is analyzed and estimates are provided for the next 5 years. The various forms of biosolids have been discussed in detail in addition to a comprehensive overview of the market.
Key points in table of content
1.2 Research Methodology
- Executive Summary
- Biosolids Market
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s 5 Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
- Biosolids Processing
4.1 Stabilisation Process
4.2 Dewatering Techniques
4.3 Evaluation of detwatering techniques
- Market Dynamics
5.1.1 Sustainable and new recycling option
5.1.2 Replacing Hazardous Chemical Fertilizers
5.1.3 Stringent government emission laws
5.1.4 Promotion By Government Agencies
5.1.5 Biosolids viewed as a resource along with Water, Nutrients, and Energy
5.2.1 Low Rate of Adoption
5.2.2 Lack of Awareness About Biosolids
5.3.1 Biosololids Technology Advances
5.3.2 Biosolids Solutions are sought to meet Multiple Objectives
126.96.36.199 Achieve High Economic Value
188.8.131.52 Operator Friendly
184.108.40.206 Environmentally Sustainable
220.127.116.11 Socially Acceptable
5.3.3 Emerging (impact) factors
5.3.4 Technology trends
5.3.5 Regulations: potential directions
5.3.6 Emerging technologies still under development
5.3.7 Public Relations
5.4 Points to Ponder
5.4.5 Public Support
- Market Segmentation and Analysis
6.1 By Application
6.1.1 Agricultural land application
18.104.22.168 Fertilizer/soil conditioner for human crops production
22.214.171.124 Fertilizer for animal crop production – pastures
6.1.2 Non-agricultural land application
126.96.36.199 Forest crops (land restoration and forestry)
188.8.131.52 Land reclamation (roads, urban wetlands)
184.108.40.206 Reclaiming mining sites
220.127.116.11 Landscaping, recreational fields, and domestic use
6.1.3 Energy recovery – Energy production
18.104.22.168 Heat generation, incineration, and gasification
22.214.171.124 Oil and cement production
126.96.36.199 Commercial uses
6.2 By Class
6.2.1 Class A
6.2.2 Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality)
6.2.3 Class B
6.3 By Form
- Regional Market Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
7.1.4 Rest of Asia-Pacific
7.2 North America
7.2.1 United States
7.2.4 Rest of North America
7.3.2 United Kingdom
7.3.5 Rest of Europe
7.4 South America
7.4.3 Rest of South America
7.5.1 Saudi Arabia
7.5.2 South Africa
- Biosolids Management Practice
- Standards and guidelines applying to biosolids
- Projects/ Programmes
- Competitive Landscape
11.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
11.2 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
11.3 Market Share Analysis
11.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
- Company Profiles (Overview, Products & Services, Financials, Recent Developments)
12.2 ARCADIS NV
12.3 BCR Environmental
12.4 Biocore Environmental Limited
12.5 BIODISK Corporation
12.6 Biosolids Management Group Inc.
12.7 Burch Biowave—Burch Hydro Inc.
12.8 Cambi AS
12.9 Casella Organics
12.10 EnerTech Environmental, Inc.
12.11 Fenton Environmental Technologies, Inc.
12.12 Fergus Power Pump, Inc.
12.13 GeoEnvironment Technologies LLC
12.14 Managed Organic Recyling, Inc.
12.15 MaxWest Environmental Systems
12.16 Merrell Bros., Inc.
12.17 OpenCEL, LLC
12.18 Parker Ag Services, LLC
12.19 Recyc Systems, Inc.
12.23 Terratec Environmental Ltd.
12.24 Walker Industries
12.25 Wm. H. Reilly & Company
12.26 Lystek International Inc
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