Market trends

Water Innovations on the Pollutec 2016 TV set
According to the UN, global demand for water is increasing by nearly 1% each year: it is expected to rise from 4,600 km3 today to 6,000 km3 in 2050 (cf. Demographic growth, economic development, changes in modes of consumption). Meanwhile, 80% of waste water is discharged untreated into the environment. These threats to water quality are increased by the impact of climate change, including oxygen depletion and risks associated with extreme events.

Reducing the pressure on this resource and further improving its treatment are the two major challenges facing the sector. Amongst the key areas are the reduction in leaks, water efficiency and desalination. At the same time, the re-use of treated waste water and the recovery of sludge for biogas injection are growing quickly.

As for network management and process efficiency, smart networks enable a move to dynamic and two-way flow management which, previously, was managed in a static and one-way manner. In the energy fields, these networks are used to deal with the integration of new sources (decentralised production), the requirement to decarbonise and to take into account new usage – consumers increasingly wanting to be involved in their consumption. Over and beyond the detection of failures and meter reading, smart grids offer numerous prospects: predicting failures, securing the networks, anticipating production and consumption, detecting fraud, etc.

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