Emily Tregidgo – emt2179
1) Sustainability Problem: Water, waste, emissions, safety and health
An average brewery uses 7 to 10 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of beer1. Water is used as both an ingredient in beer and in its production, and wastewater is produced as a result of operations. Both the water intensity of production and the wastewater associated with it pose sustainability questions and concerns.
2) Sustainability Technology: BlueCycle MBR (membrane bioreactor)
- Distributed wastewater treatment and resource recovery solutions provider Cambrian is partnering with Florida’s second oldest operational brewery, The Florida Brewery, to deploy Cambrian’s BlueCycle MBR technology. The technology is intended to replace the need for high-strength wastewater disposal systems, and to reduce CO2 output by ~254 metric tons per year. There are also anticipated cost savings associated with the technology.
- BlueCycle MBR is an aerobic digester that removes water pollutants from the wastewater and its use facilitates water reuse compliant with Title 22 requirements (water recycling regulations).
- Anheuser-Busch, Dr. Pepper, and Anchor Brewing Company are among other companies that are using Cambrian’s water reuse solutions.
- The Florida Brewery (operational team)
- Other beverage companies (both those that use these technologies and those that do not)
- Regulatory bodies (to ensure compliance with Title 22 and other legislation)
4) The First Three Steps in Deploying This Technology
- Assess the impact of the technology at The Florida Brewery
- Market the cost savings and sustainability benefits the technology provides to other beverage companies
- Conduct regulatory research to ensure the product is still compliant with the requisite legislation