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Trusted Business Insights presents an updated and Latest Study on Heat Transfer Fluids Market 2019-2026. The report contains market predictions related to market size, revenue, production, CAGR, Consumption, gross margin, price, and other substantial factors. While emphasizing the key driving and restraining forces for this market, the report also offers a complete study of the future trends and developments of the market. The report further elaborates on the micro and macroeconomic aspects including the socio-political landscape that is anticipated to shape the demand of the Heat Transfer Fluids market during the forecast period (2019-2029).
It also examines the role of the leading market players involved in the industry including their corporate overview, financial summary, and SWOT analysis.
Industry Insights, Market Size, CAGR, High-Level Analysis: Heat Transfer Fluids Market
The global heat transfer fluids market size was estimated at USD 10.5 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 4.9% from 2020 to 2027. Rapid adoption of concentrated solar power globally is one of the major factors driving demand. Heat transfer fluids are industrial products derived from petroleum sources that are used to prevent overheating and for the storage of thermal energy. Basic raw materials involved in the production are crude oil, silica, and base oils. The important characteristics that define a heat transfer fluid are low viscosity, non-corrosive nature, high thermal conductivity and diffusivity, and extreme phase transition temperatures.
U.S. is one of the crucial contributors to the global installed CSP capacity. The country strategically delivers its power outputs, by using CSP units when the demand is particularly high. Heat transfer fluids have been identified as one of the crucial components used to improve the efficiency of concentrated solar power plants. They play an important role in the collection of energy from the solar field and transporting it to the energy storage systems. This stored energy is later utilized for generating electricity after sunset or even in cloudy weather conditions. Compared to PV systems, CSP plants possess capabilities to add storage capacity of an extra six hours, which leads to the operational value of USD 35.8/MWh. The increasing scope of CSP and its competitive advantages over other renewable energy sources is responsible for high growth and significant penetration of heat transfer fluids in the segment.
Heat transfer fluids are also used in the oil and gas industry, which in a key contributor to the U.S. economy. The country is projected to up its liquids and natural gas production over the foreseeable future as a result of shale resource development, thereby boosting product demand.
Major manufacturers are involved in captive consumption of these thermal oils. Others distribute them to target markets through third-party suppliers. Some of the major suppliers of heat transfer fluids in the industry are Paratherm, Hubbard Hall, Thermic Fluids Pvt. Ltd., and Inlet Petroleum Co. (IPC). Most of these suppliers offer multi-brand fluids and have a separate internet-based portal for selling their products. With heavy investments in research and development activities, major industry participants are shifting toward bio-based thermic oils to comply with government regulations. The shift from synthetic to bio-based thermic oils is anticipated to be a disrupting trend fueled by stringent regulations and strict scrutiny of available products in the marketplace.
Product Insights of Heat Transfer Fluids Market
On the basis of product, the global heat transfer fluids market has been segmented into mineral oils, aromatics, glycol fluids, silicones, and others. Glycol-based heat transfer fluids form the fastest-growing product category as they exhibit excellent antifreeze properties; the segment is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 5.4% over the forecast period. Bio-based glycols are increasingly gaining significance as one of the key ingredients in heat transfer fluid formulations, as they are compatible for both high and low-temperature applications.
Mineral oils are generally utilized in diverse convenient radiator heaters, which are used broadly for commercial as well as residential applications. These oils have a high level of resistance toward chemical oxidation and thermal cracking and are simultaneously non-toxic and non-corrosive in nature. They provide high thermal conductivity and also have high specific heat, which helps them efficiently transfer heat. Mineral oils are also used in multiple heat transfer medium but have a high degradation rate when exposed to higher temperatures.
Alkylated aromatic compounds are typically formulated for closed-loop heating systems based on the Rankine cycle. Major operational areas include asphalt plants, gas processing, tank cleaning, and plastic production. These aromatic HTFs are utilized in both vapor phase and liquid phase and possess excellent fluid properties and heat transfer properties for applications involving low-temperatures.
Application Insights of Heat Transfer Fluids Market
The major application segments catered by industry participants are oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, concentrated solar power, food and beverages, and plastic manufacturing. Oil and gas processing dynamics requires very specific heat transfer fluids that are formulated to suit desired temperatures and compatibility. These products find application in processes such as recycling, production, refining, and transportation. Offshore platforms utilize heat transfer liquid in the aqueous phase for regenerating glycols and facility heating, which eventually removes water from the produced natural gas.
In the chemical industry, reboilers are used as heat exchangers to provide heat to distillation column bottoms. Reboilers boil the liquids from the bottom of the distillation column to form vapors that are used to drive the distillation column separation. Heat transfer fluids or steam are used to heat the vaporization process. The products also find application in components such as tubes, pipes, bushes and gaskets that are used to carry chemicals, fluids, acids owing to its properties such as inertness to chemicals and high thermal stability.
Heat transfer fluids are extensively used in the manufacturing of PET, polyester, nylon, and multiple other synthetic fibers. The products are formulated to provide optimum efficiency across a diverse range of temperatures. Refined heat transfer fluids provide optimum stability at high temperatures, which eventually helps in avoiding premature degradation of fluids when exposed to high temperatures. Owing to stagnating plastic production in developed countries, the application segment accounted for a meager share of 9.7% in the market in 2019.
Regional Insights of Heat Transfer Fluids Market
North America is the dominant market with key macroeconomic indicators, such as high per capita income and manufacturing output, supporting market growth. The implementation of stringent regulations and ongoing product innovation has boosted demand for heat transfer fluids. The region accounted for a volume-based share of 22.8% in 2019. The availability of base stock, which is one of the important raw materials, is expected to boost production over the forecast period.
The chemical industry in Mexico has observed multiple high-level investments as well as constant sourcing of diverse raw materials to strengthen its core. Rapid industrialization, coupled with growing export of chemicals to NAFTA countries, is expected to drive demand for heat transfer fluids. The country also has a strong presence in the plastic manufacturing industry.
Governments across Europe have been taking significant efforts to promote the use of concentrated solar power. Although there is only one operational CSP plant in Spain, several pilot projects are underway. France is testing a 9 MW Fresnel facility and Denmark is currently constructing a 17 MW hybrid CSP-biomass facility.
Market Share Insights of Heat Transfer Fluids Market
The global market for heat transfer fluids is moderately consolidated with major companies striving for market leadership. Key players such as Dow Chemicals, Eastman Company, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and BP have integrated their value chain to strengthen their market position. These companies have appointed authorized resellers or third-party distributors to cater to local and regional demand. Manufacturing companies have also partnered with e-commerce companies to distribute their products across a particular region or globally.
A notable aspect of the industry competition is product offerings. It has been identified that on an average, a company offers seven different variants of heat transfer fluids, with Dynalene, DowDuPont, Radco Industries, BASF, and Eastman bringing the highest number of products to the market.
Segmentations, Sub Segmentations, CAGR, & High-Level Analysis overview of Heat Transfer Fluids Market Research Report
This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, this market research report has segmented the global heat transfer fluids market report on the basis of product, application, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 – 2030)
Oil & gas
Food & beverages
Oil & gas
Food & beverages
Glycol based fluids
Other (including molten salts & HFPE)
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 – 2030)
Oil & gas
Food & beverages
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