Seawater desalination, a technology that can tap new source of water and increase water supply, has been increasingly supported and incentivized with various policies and regulations in China. However, the quantitative targets set by Chinese government have never been met and seawater desalination industry (SDI) is developing slowly when compared to the rapid advancement of desalination technology. Why has the SDI been developing slowly, even with strong support and incentives by the government? In this study, a diamond model is proposed to comprehensively analyze the industrial competitive advantages and disadvantages. The results show that the SDI has already achieved certain market competitiveness in technology research and development, equipment manufacturing and engineering construction in China. According to the relative analysis results, the weak market competitiveness, disconnection of technology with the market and the shortage of the industry chain are the main factors responsible for the slow development of SDI in China.
- Diamond model
- Seawater desalination industry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Water Science and Technology
- Ocean Engineering