The North America flue gas desulfurization market was valued at US$ 3,982.75 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 6,250.04 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.0% during 2020–2027.
Flue gas desulfurization is a system with a set of technologies used to remove sulphur dioxide (SO2) from the flue gases emitted by the power plants. The stringent environmental regulations mostly focusing on controlling the excessive sulphur dioxide emissions are increasing the demand for flue gas desulfurization systems. Further, rapid industrialization and strategic initiative taken by the manufacturers are expected to propel the growth of the North America flue gas desulfurization market. Additionally, technological advancements in the design of FGD systems are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for the market growth.
Based on type, the North America flue gas desulfurization market is bifurcated into dry FGD and wet FGD. The wet FGD segment accounted for a larger market share in 2019, and the market for the dry FGD segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Dry flue gas desulfurization (dry FGD) equipment includes many technologies in which SOx reacts with limestone particles in a humid environment to form sulphite. The dry FGD processes comprise furnace/duct sorbent injection using sodium/calcium-based reagent and the spray drier absorber (SDA) technology using slaked lime or limestone a reagent. The spray drier absorber system uses a central gas disperser, a roof gas disperser for dispersing flue gas, and an atomizer to spray the reagent slurry. Inside the SDA system, limestone slurry is atomized and sprayed over flue gas to absorb SOx. The dry product hence formed is collected in an electrostatic precipitator (ESP). The dry FGDs are economically more feasible for smaller power producing units. The dry FGD system provides proper chemistry and conditions to simultaneously absorb acid gases, sulfur dioxide, and associated heavy metals. This advanced, multi-pollutant control technology improves reagent usage, reduces water consumption, and produces no wastewater streams. Dry flue gas emissions systems have been used for controlling SOx emission and multi-pollutant for many decades across many power plants and end-use sectors such as petrochemical, iron and steel, and pulp and paper.
North America comprises developed economies such the US, Canada, and Mexico. The companies operating in the North America flue gas desulfurization market are continuously improving the overall business processes to meet the customers' demand for superior quality products and services in the best possible way. Several domestic and multinational companies already have a strong foothold in North American countries such as the US and Canada. The energy generation in any industry requires the burning of fuels, of which coal and oil are vital. Flue gas contains oxides of sulfur and nitrogen as well as particulate matter, which causes air pollution and environmental degradation in the form of acid rain. According to an estimate, ~95% of sulfur is converted into sulfur dioxide under standard temperature conditions. Hence, there is an increasing need for reducing sulfur emissions, which stimulates the growth of the flue gas desulfurization market. Increasing concerns regarding environmental pollution coupled with the governments' actions to curb the same are propelling the growth of the North America flue gas desulfurization market. Stringent government regulations such as the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards impose the installation of systems that monitor and restrict emissions to bring them to a safer level in power generation companies employing fossil fuels. Rising investments in infrastructure development along with expanding industry awareness toward the adoption of emission control technologies are expected to augment the market growth in coming years.
Chiyoda Corporation; Ducon; General Electric; S.A Hamon; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Valmet; Doosan Lentjes; Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.; and Marsulex Environmental Technologies are among the major players operating in the North America flue gas desulfurization market.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been adversely affecting economies and industries in various North American countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. Shutdowns of chemicals and materials industry and disruptions in supply chains due to lockdown have created a strain on the supplies of the various products offered by this industry, which is impacting the growth of the North America flue gas desulfurization market in a positive manner. The government of North American countries have asked the chemicals and materials manufacturers to delay their production, which would hinder the supply of flue gas desulfurization across North America in the coming years.
The overall North America flue gas desulfurization market size has been derived in accordance to both primary and secondary source. To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. Participants of this process include industry experts such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders, specializing in the North America flue gas desulfurization market.