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European Smart Pumps Market for the Water and Wastewater Industry

  • January 2014
  • 80 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2011354


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Requirement for Optimal Energy Consumption is Likely to Boost Growth

This research service analyses the current market situation in the European smart pumps market in the water and wastewater industry. It provides an analysis of the key market drivers and restraints, and discusses their impacts over the forecast period. Market estimates are provided in terms of end users, regions, and products. A comprehensive analysis of the market share is also included, alongside the key factors influencing the market. In addition, key market participants and their product offerings are discussed. The base year is 2013 and forecasts run until 2018.

Executive Summary

• The European smart pumps market for the water and wastewater industry is presently at a nascent stage. It is expected to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of X% between 2013 and 2018.
• Smart pump manufacturers are expected to widen their product portfolio to capitalise on end users’ growing focus on high energy efficiency and low lifecycle costs. This is likely to drive growth of the smart pumps market.
• The smart pumps market in Europe is an oligopoly, and the dominant smart pumps manufacturers are expected to increase their market shares during the forecast period.
• Research and development (R&D) and marketing initiatives are of strategic importance to smart pump manufacturers, and companies are expected to invest significantly in these areas as opposed to the standard pumps market.
• Germany is the largest market for smart pumps in Europe; the country has a large installed base of standard pumps that are expected to be replaced with smart pumps as part of the modernisation and upgrading of the existing water and wastewater infrastructure.
• Centrifugal pumps have a larger share of the total smart pumps market. This is because these pumps are more suited for applications involving variable flow when compared to positive displacement pumps.
• Centrifugal pumps also exhibit a significant drop-off in efficiency when operating conditions push the pump outside its best efficiency point (BEP), thereby necessitating the need for greater electronic control.
• Generally, the electronics that are integrated within the pump are conceived and designed by the pump manufacturers, however the manufacturing is done by specialist automation component manufacturers. Smart pump manufacturers have established partnerships with major automation vendors thereby facilitating greater technology transfer.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Smart pump manufacturers are focusing on incorporating water quality monitoring equipment thereby enabling them to cater to the smart water grid market.
2. End-user requirements for a greater degree of pump optimisation and monitoring apart from standard maintenance is likely to result in growth of the smart pumps market.
3. The compatibility of pumps with electronics is a key issue; the hardware platform is provided by vendors and the proprietary software is provided by pump manufacturers.
4. System integrators are expected to play a key role in the smart pumps market; an integrator who is strong in the mechanical and electronic aspects of pumps will be successful.
5. Increased demand for smart pumps will require pump manufacturers to employ highly-skilled technicians for installation purposes; also, a reduction in maintenance personnel in end-user facilities is expected.

Market Overview—Definitions

Smart Pumps
A pump with built-in process controllers and pump diagnostic devices to monitor its operating characteristics and prevent pump errors. The capability to adjust pump characteristics and operate them under optimal conditions make them smart or intelligent.

Centrifugal Pumps
A pump which employs a rotating impeller to enhance the pressure of the fluid transferred. The fluid inlet is located along the rotating axis and forced out axially or radially, after acceleration by the rotating impeller.

Positive Displacement Pumps
A pump that causes the fluid to move by trapping a fixed amount of the fluid and then forcing it into the discharge pipe. A positive displacement pump produces the same flow at a given speed regardless of the discharge pressure. Positive displacement pumps encompass rotary, reciprocating, and peristaltic pumps. Rotary pumps encompass screw, progressive cavity, lobe, and gear pumps. Reciprocating pumps encompass piston and diaphragm pumps.

Feedback/diagnostics Devices
Software coupled with sensors such as pressure and temperature that help to monitor the entire process and prevent pump errors.

An electronic controller can be used to automate a sequence of events once the controls are triggered by any of the connected input devices. Events can be automated simultaneously or individually.

Note: This research study covers the industrial and municipal sectors. The industrial sector includes water and wastewater treatment plants within industries such as chemical, power generation, and utility applications. The municipal sector includes cities, towns, villages, water and wastewater unions, and other local government units that operate pump stations.

Market Overview—Vertical Market Definitions

Water Treatment and Distribution
This involves all the smart pumps used in a water treatment system and a water supply and distribution network, which provide clean and portable water to a particular geographic region. It includes all the smart pumps used in the treatment, purification, storage, and distribution of water.

Wastewater Treatment
It includes all types of smart pumps used to remove solids and sludge from water which has been contaminated by residential, commercial, and industrial activities. Sources of residential waste are households, on account of washing, cooking, cleaning, and so on. Sources of industrial waste are the food and nuclear industries, agricultural waste, iron and steel plants, and other industrial activities. Sewage is the waste from toilets, kitchens, and so on that is disposed through sewers. Wastewater treatment includes physical, chemical, and biological processes that remove the majority of the contaminants from sewage or wastewater to produce a liquid effluent that can be disposed into the natural environment and into a solid sludge to be used as a fertiliser.

The desalination process removes excess salt and other minerals from sea water, and this treated water can be used in the domestic water supply. Water is desalinated to convert salt water to fresh water, thereby making it suitable for human consumption. Desalination can be achieved through different processes such as evaporation, freezing, and reverse osmosis.

Others include applications such as storm water control, flood water removal, diffusers, and snow making.

Market Overview—Geographic Scope

Geographic Regions Covered
• Germany
• France
• Italy
• The United Kingdom (UK)
• Iberia: Portugal and Spain
• Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland
• Benelux: Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg
• Rest of Western Europe (RoWE): Austria, Greece, Ireland, and Switzerland
• Eastern Europe: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia,

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the European smart pumps market for the water and wastewater industry growing? How long will it continue to grow and at what rate?
What are the key factors that will drive growth of the smart pumps market in the water and wastewater industry?
What are the restraints faced by the market participants? What is the likely impact?
What are the important geographical regions for smart pumps in the water and wastewater industry? What is the growth forecast in these regions?
What are the major application segments for smart pumps in the water and wastewater industry? At what rate will the pumps market grow in these segments?
Who are the major industry participants? What are their relative positions in the European smart pumps market?

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