New Global Water Intelligence Report

Water and power generation are inseparable. Fossil fuel-fired power stations require a reliable, consistent stream of treated water to operate effectively. Wastewater streams generated from the combustion of coal need adequate treatment before being discharged. A new report by Global Water Intelligence entitled Water for Power focuses on the opportunities for companies to provide water and wastewater treatment solutions in an increasingly challenging environment for the power generation industry. Water and wastewater treatment in the power industry is already big business, worth $2.1 billion in 2013. The largest capital expenditure outlay is accounted for by pre-treatment systems (34%), followed by conventional wastewater treatment (26%), and condensate polishing systems (24%). Capital expenditure is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 7.2% between now and 2018, driven by new additions to power generation capacity--largely in emerging markets--and the replacement of systems at existing generation facilities in mature markets. The total value of this market is expected to reach $2.9 billion in 2018.