Most of that growth will be driven by EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), but The Freedonia Group expects the agency's Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts (DBP) Rule to drive usage in water treatment applications.

As water utilities gear up for the rule's 2015 implementation deadline, they have several options for removing organic material from water:

Membrane filtration (ultra/nanofiltration)

Ozone + bio GAC combination systems

Granular activated carbon, which can be supplemented with UV disinfection.

Mercury-emitting industrial facilities such as coal-fired power plants, cement kilns, and solid waste incinerators with large boilers will predominantly turn to activated carbon injection (ACI) systems to meet these requirements. With such a system consuming up to two million pounds of powdered activated carbon annually, the phase-in of these new rules is expected to have a powerful impact on activated carbon demand.

Because powdered activated carbon is generally not reactivated, sales are expected to remain high (70% of market share in 2017) after the phase-in deadline.

Among the smaller uses for activated carbon, motor vehicle applications, including emissions canisters and cabin air filters, will benefit from rebounding automotive  production. Purity control in pharmaceutical manufacturing and mining will also promote demand.

These and other trends are presented in Activated Carbon, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

                                                                                                                                               

US ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND

(million pounds)

% Annual Growth

Item

2007

2012

2017

    2007-

2012

      2012-

   2017

Activated Carbon Demand

495

758

1290

8.9

11.2

Liquid Phase Applications

352

420

490

3.6

  3.1

Gas Phase Applications

143

338

800

18.8

18.8

 © 2013 by The Freedonia Group Inc.

 Activated Carbon (published 05/2013, 311 pages)is available for $5,300 from The Freedonia Group Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH  44143-2326. Contact Corinne Gangloff at 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484, pr@freedoniagroup.com, or  www.freedoniagroup.com.