Also known as heat recovery wheels, desiccant wheels are primarily used for dehumidification purposes. They are used in the treatment of large volumes of clean and humid outdoor air, specifically in places such as warehouses and food industries. Desiccants can be used in combination with conventional air conditioning systems or chillers for the sake of boosting the efficiency of energy systems.
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Desiccant materials such as lithium, silicone gel, and molecular sieves are exposed to a high relative humidity air stream, permitting it to absorb and retain some of the water vapor. Then, the particular material is exposed to a lower relative humidity air stream, drawing the retained moisture from the desiccant. It has been proved that in some applications, desiccant wheels can cut down energy consumption by almost 50%.
Some of the key factors driving the growth of the desiccant wheel market are as follows:
However, some limitations of these wheels such as high costs and space requirements, coupled with high maintenance, might restrict growth. These wheels need to be kept clean for them to work efficiently. Therefore, time-to-time inspection is demanded by desiccant wheels.
Rising Industrial Activities to Fuel Growth in Asia Pacific
Based on geography, the global desiccant wheel market is currently led by North America, with the expanding pharmaceutical industry driving its growth. The global market for desiccant wheels in Asia Pacific is slated to undergo large-scale expansion over the coming years. The advancement of industrial applications such as air-conditioning, heating, and ventilation in this region are responsible for a big chunk of opportunities presented by countries such as India and China. Moreover, the competitive landscape in the region has been displaying a greater blend of regional and global players, resulting in a beneficial drop in prices.
Silica Gel to Retain Dominance
The major varieties of desiccants are molecular sieve, alumina, and silica gel. Of these, silica gel desiccants have emerged as the most popular materials. The prominence of silica gel desiccants can be attributed to their relatively lower costs and their widespread adoption in the food and beverage industry. As the use of any other material in desiccants can contaminate food, the use of silica gel has been enforced by food safety rules and regulations, promoting the growth of the global desiccant wheel market.
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Some of the major companies operating in the global market for desiccant wheel market are Munturs, Fläkt Woods Group., Rotor Source, Inc., NovelAire Technologies, Trane, Seibu Giken DST AB, and Proflute AB.