Solar Water Desalination Plant Market Analysis by Membrane Process (Solar-Powered Reverse Osmosis, Electro-Dialysis & Electro-Dialysis Reversal, Membrane Desalination, and Nano Filtration); by Method (Solar-Power Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) Desalination, Solar Diffusion Driven Desalination, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-Based Desalination, Solar Pond Desalination, and Others); and by Application (Industrial, Agriculture, Municipal, and Commercial)-Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2021-2031

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Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2021 - 2031

The global solar water desalination plant market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 5,730.33 Million by the end of 2031 by growing at a CAGR of 10.49% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2031. Further, the market generated a revenue of USD 2,130.43 Million in the year 2021. Primary factor to drive the market growth is the shortage of clean water across the world. According to the survey of UN Environment Programme, after surveying 75,000 water bodies in 89 countries, over 40% of water bodies were highly polluted. Moreover, 2.3 billion of people worldwide are living in “water-stressed” countries.






Increasing urbanization is leading to higher power demand in world. To suffice the need of people energy demand, prevalence of using solar energy is rising. By 2030, India has set the goal of installing the renewable energy capacity of around 450 Gigawatt, out of solar energy accounts for nearly 280 Gigawatt. Furthermore, innovation of technologies in desalination plant is expected to boost the market growth.

Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Soaring Need of Fresh Water Across the World

With the increasing population, need of fresh water by various sector is also rising. Presently, global demand of water for every year is around 4,600km3. It is forecasted to increase by nearly 20-30% by 2050, reaching to approximately 6000 km3 per year.

  • Increased Utilization of Solar Energy

Solar energy is a free source of renewable energy. With the rising awareness of its beneficial uses and amidst energy crisis, it has been highly adopted. In the year 2021, United Kingdom’s electricity grid operator introduced three different pathways to achieve net zero emission by 2050, two of the pathways is expected to increased its rooftop solar panels by 10 folds by 2050.

  • Technological Advancement of Solar Water Desalination Plant

Innovative solutions for the efficient utilization of solar energy is favoring the market growth. For instance, in MIT, China, scientists developed a completely passive solar-powered desalination system to make harnessing of sunlight reach to a new level. This system can produce nearly 2 gallons of fresh drinking water every hour for each square meter of area collecting solar energy.

  • Government Efforts in Desalination of Water

Government has taken lot of initiatives to make the maximum use of solar energy and in development of desalination plant. Under National Water Mission proposed by Ministry of Jal Shakti, India, government has planned to set up 6 new desalination plants in Lakshadweep island.

  • Higher Efficiency of Hybrid Solar Plants

Hybrid solar plants is popularized owing to its efficiency of blowing off production cost as well as energy consumption. It increases the life of RO membranes thus saving replacement cost. Hybrid system reduces around 40% of carbon footprint of desalination.


  • Heavy Capital Required for the Installation of Solar-Powered Desalination Plants

  • By-Products of Desalination, Harms the Environment

  • Concerns Associated with Disposal of Brine

Chemicals such as chlorine, hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide is required for desalination process. After completion of process, these chemical are released into nature which imposes risks to environment. Therefore, harmful impact of by-products of desalination is to create hindrance in growth of solar water desalination plant market.

The global solar water desalination plant market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into industrial, agriculture, municipal, and commercial. Out of these, the municipal segment is expected to hold the largest market size by collecting a revenue of USD 2,065.65 million by the end of 2031. It garnered a revenue of USD 784.46 million in 2021. The segment is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.26% over the forecast period. Municipal water consumption and its demand has increased owing to several needs such as, drinking, laundering, washing, cooking, personal hygiene and others. In United States, the consumption of water for domestic and public use is around 380 liters per person per day and average total demand per capita for per day is nearly 680 liters. Furthermore, rise in shortage of fresh water is to boost the demand of desalination of water. As per the data of Ministry of Jal Shakti, the availability of water per capita is expected to reduce from 1486 cubic meters in 2021 to 1367 cubic meters in 2031.

Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the global solar water desalination plant market is studied into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. Amongst these markets, the market in Middle East & Africa is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2031. The market in the region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 11.83% over the forecast period. In 2021, market collected USD 686.97 million as a revenue. It is expected to be valued at USD 2,085.84 million by the end of 2031. This growth is attributed to rising population and low water availability. Middle East and Africa hosts nearly 6% of global population, it is the driest region among the world’s 12 scarcest countries. The water availability is nearly 1,200 cubic meters, this 6 times less than average water availability across the world which is about 7,000 cubic meters. Moreover, the presence of key desalination plants in this region is to favor the market growth. Middle East accounts for over 50% of major desalination plants worldwide. Furthermore, in 2018, Gulf state announced the making of 9 new desalination plants on the Red Sea.

The study further incorporates Y-O-Y Growth, market opportunities, demand & supply and forecast future opportunity in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico), South America, Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, BENELUX [Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg], NORDIC [Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland], Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC [Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman], North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa).

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global solar water desalination plant market includes the following segments:

By Membrane Process

  • Solar-Powered Reverse Osmosis

  • Electro-Dialysis & Electro-Dialysis Reversal

  • Membrane Desalination

  • Nano Filtration

By Method

  • Solar Power Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) Desalination

  • Solar Diffusion Driven Desalination

  • Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-Based Desalination

  • Solar Pond Desalination

  • Others

By Application

  • Industrial

  • Agriculture

  • Municipal

  • Commercial

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Key Companies Dominating the Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

Our report has covered detailed company profiling comprising company overview, business strategies, key product offerings, financial performance, key performance indicators, risk analysis, recent developments, regional presence, and SWOT analysis among other notable indicators for competitive positioning. Some of the prominent industry leaders in the global solar water desalination plant market that are included in our report are Boreal Light GmbH, Osmosun, Acciona, Fcubed SEA, Trunz Water Systems AG, Abengoa, Solar Water Solutions Ltd., Photon Energy Systems Limited, Elemental Water Makers B.V., SolarOpia, and others.

Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market: Latest Developments

  • February, 2020: Fcubed SEA combines with Covestro Thailand to provide clean drinking water to rural schools. They installed the water farm to treat the local water available around the area. Moreover, they also provided 500mm new drinking water bottle to all teachers and students to avoid the use of single-use plastic

  • September, 2018: Trunz Water Systems AG collaborated with UNDP to provide access of clean drinking water to people of Taro and other remote islands of Solomons. They laid the desalination plant in Taro and handed it over to the Choiseul provincial government.

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Geography Analysis:

The report further discusses the market opportunity, compound annual growth rate (CAGR) growth rate, competition, new technology innovations, market players analysis, government guidelines, export and import (EXIM) analysis, historical revenues, future forecasts etc. in the following regions and/or countries:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market Size, Y-O-Y Growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market Size, Y-O-Y Growth & Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC(Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe), Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market Size, Y-O-Y Growth Market Players Analys  & Opportunity Outlook
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market Size, Y-O-Y Growth & Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Middle East and Africa  (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market Size, Y-O-Y Growth Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook



1.      Market Definition

1.1.  Market Definition

1.2.Market Segmentation

2.     Assumptions and Acronyms

3.     Research Methodology

3.1. Research Process

3.2.                     Primary Research

3.3.                     Secondary Research

4.    Executive Summary – Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

5.     Market Dynamics

5.1. Drivers

5.2.                     Challenges

5.3.                     Trends

5.4.                     Opportunities

6.    Regulatory & Standards Landscape

7.     Industry Risk Analysis

8.    Value Chain Analysis

9.    Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

10.            Competitive Landscape

10.1.                 Market Share Analysis, 2021

10.2.                Competitive Benchmarking

10.3.                Global Company Profiles   SolarOpia  Elemental Water Makers B.V.  Photon Energy Systems Limited  Solar Water Solutions Ltd.  Abengoa  Trunz Water Systems AG   Fcubed SEA  Acciona  Osmosun                     Boreal Light GmbH

11.  Global Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

11.1.                   Market Overview

11.2.                  Market Size (2021–2031)

11.3.                  Market Segmentation by:

11.3.1.                       Membrane Process     Solar-Powered Reverse Osmosis, 2021-2031F (USD million)    Electro-Dialysis and Electro-dialysis Reversal, 2021-2031F (USD million)    Membrane Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)    Nano Filtration, 2021-2031F (USD million)

11.3.2.                      Method    Solar-Powered Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Solar Diffusion Driven Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-based Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Solar Pond Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Others, 2021-2031F (USD million)

11.3.3.                      Application    Industrial, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Agriculture, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Municipal, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Commercial, 2021-2031F (USD million)

11.3.4.                      Region    North America, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Europe, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Asia Pacific, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Latin America, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Middle East and Africa, 2021-2031F (USD million)

12. North America Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

12.1.                  Market Overview –

12.2.                 Market Size (2021–2031)

12.3.                 Market Segmentation by:

12.3.1.                      Membrane Process    Solar-Powered Reverse Osmosis, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Electro-Dialysis and Electro-dialysis Reversal, 2021-2031F (USD million)   Membrane Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Nano Filtration, 2021-2031F (USD million)

12.3.2.                     Method   Solar-Powered Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million) Solar Diffusion Driven Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-based Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million) Solar Pond Desalination, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Others, 2021-2031F (USD million)

12.3.3.                     Application   Industrial, 2021-2031F (USD million) Agriculture, 2021-2031F (USD million) Municipal, 2021-2031F (USD million) Commercial, 2021-2031F (USD million)

12.3.4.                     Country  US, 2021-2031F (USD million) Canada, 2021-2031F (USD million)

13.  Europe Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

13.1.                  Market Overview –

13.2.                 Market Size (2021–2031)

13.3.                 Market Segmentation by:

13.3.1.                      Membrane Process

13.3.2.                     Method

13.3.3.                     Application

13.3.4.                     Country   UK, 2021-2031F (USD million) Germany, 2021-2031F (USD million) Italy, 2021-2031F (USD million) France, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Spain, 2021-2031F (USD million) Russia, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Netherland, 2021-2031F (USD million) Rest of Europe, 2021-2031F (USD million)

14. Asia Pacific Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

14.1.                  Market Overview –

14.2.                 Market Size (2021–2031)

14.3.                 Market Segmentation by:

14.3.1.                      Membrane Process

14.3.2.                     Method

14.3.3.                     Application

14.3.4.                     Country  Australia, 2021-2031F (USD million) China, 2021-2031F (USD million) Japan, 2021-2031F (USD million) India, 2021-2031F (USD million) Singapore, 2021-2031F (USD million) South Korea, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Rest of Asia Pacific, 2021-2031F (USD million)

15.  Latin America Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

15.1.                  Market Overview –

15.2.                 Market Size (2021–2031)

15.3.                 Market Segmentation by:

15.3.1.                       Membrane Process

15.3.2.                     Method

15.3.3.                     Application

15.3.4.                     Country   Brazil, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Argentina, 2021-2031F (USD million)  Mexico, 2021-2031F (USD million) Rest of Latin America, 2021-2031F (USD million)

16. Middle East and Africa Solar Water Desalination Plant Market

16.1.                  Market Overview –

16.2.                 Market Size (2021–2031)

16.3.                 Market Segmentation by:

16.3.1.                      Membrane Process

16.3.2.                     Method

16.3.3.                     Application

16.3.4.                     Country  GCC, 2021-2031F (USD million) Israel, 2021-2031F (USD million) South Africa, 2021-2031F (USD million) Rest of Middle East & Africa, 2021-2031F (USD million)

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  3. Acciona
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