Cal-Neva’s 2008 report on water treatment, desalination and filtration

This year proved to be one of expansion in all areas of the water industry.  In the next few paragraphs I will attempt to report to all in this business what we found as we searched the world for new technologies.   Let me explain what we do here at Cal-Neva Water Quality Research Institute of California.  We scour the globe for emerging technologies that address either water treatment, desalination, water purification or filtration, we also assist these companies in getting recognized in the US markets and if they want to sell to the government we consult with them and take them through the many steps that is required to get your technology approved by the EPA and other agencies before it can be purchased by the US Government.  We also look for new ways to create electricity through innovative means and methods. 

This year we attended many expo’s and shows all over Europe, Asia and the South American countries.   Let’s start with what we say as expansion figures for each of the various categories starting with the desalination figures.  Of course this involves membrane technologies which in 2007 was a $1.9 billion business.  In 2008 this grew a whopping 12% and in 2009 is expected to grow to between $3.0 to $3.5 Billion dollars in sales.  This expected growth is mainly due to the already planned growth in desalination in the Middle East, Far East and Asian countries like Egypt, who now owns the largest desalination plant in the world and is planning another similar sized plant but this one will be the Plasma Incubator Reactor System of equal size scheduled to start in 2010 and will be completed in 2015 at a cost less than their current Reverse Osmosis facility.   Other countries with planned infrastructure expansions are Dubai, with over $10 Billion in water projects planned over the next 10 years.  Africa, which has more than $1.5 Billion in Water Infrastructure projects planned over the next five years.

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