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Power Generation From Wastewater Treatment Sludge to Reach 3,845 GWh by 2020

June 8, 2011 - Rockville, MD has announced the addition of the new report "Power Generation from Wastewater Treatment Sludge - Power Generation, Sludge Management, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2020," to their collection of Utilities market reports. For more information, visit

Rising sludge generation and the employment of efficient sludge management techniques will increase the energy recovery from sludge in future. The cost of power generation from sludge is characterized by the high cost of operations. However, rising energy prices in the international market make investment attractive in power generation from sludge. Power generation from sludge reached 2,939 GWh in 2010 from 2,610 GWh in 2005, at a CAGR of 2.4%. With the anticipation of rising sludge generation, GlobalData expects power generation to reach 3,845 GWh by 2020 from 3,020GWh in 2011.

The increasing urban population in developed and developing regions is placing a heavy burden on the delivery, consumption and treatment of healthy, affordable water. The global water crisis is likely to get worse in the years ahead due to population explosions, increasing industrialization and the overexploitation of resources. Migration towards urban areas demands more sanitation facilities and leads to industrialization and economic development. Various sectors of the economy are also increasing rapidly resulting in the high consumption of water resources.

Municipalities are forced to provide adequate sanitation facilities and meet the demand for safe water. Wastewater treatment and recovery in industrial facilities has been the subject of increased focus and is expected to translate into an increasing demand for industrial wastewater treatment and recovery systems. Industry experts believe that companies identifying these trends at an early stage and proactively implementing strategies for wastewater treatment and the reclamation of water will have an edge over their competitors. To this end, industries are increasingly embracing membrane-based technology for the treatment and recovery of industrial wastewater.

The most common disposal method of sewage sludge is for use in agricultural fields as a fertilizer supplement. Sludge with a high amount of organic content is suitable in agriculture as a fertilizer to enrich the quality of agricultural land. However, the use of sludge in agricultural fields has a risk of transferring pollutants to the human food chain. The use of sludge in forestry and silviculture can have a similar kind of effect. The sludge with a lower organic content is mostly incinerated or taken to landfill. The incineration process helps in energy recovery and reduces the volume of solid waste that needs to be disposed of. Nearly 50% of sewage sludge produced globally is utilized for agricultural use.

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