BEER AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTION: RATIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR WATER TREATMENT AND ENERGY REDUCTION
For beer and beverage producers, water consumption is significant in their production processes. Most of their total energy consumption is the purification of water and wastewater. In many countries of the world, the availability of sufficient volumes of water is a big problem, and as a result, production costs continue to increase.
That is why most companies see water conservation as a top priority in the manufacturing process. They already consider wastewater in a different context – instead of industrial waste, they see this as a potential source of renewable energy production and recycling water consumption.
Renewable Energy from Wastewater
In recent years, anaerobic treatment has evolved as a complete wastewater treatment technology, which is chosen by companies that generate wastewater with a highly organic composition. Among them are manufacturers of low-alcohol and non-carbonated drinks (tea, coffee, fruit juices and milk drinks), bottling and canning plants.
GWE offers the ANUBIX ™ Anaerobic Reactor Complex (both types – UASB and EGSB). They represent a single technology for wastewater treatment and energy for beer and beverage plants. These modern wastewater treatment systems use anaerobic bacteria in a closed reactor to decompose organic compounds in wastewater and convert them to biogas and clean runoff.
Biogas is then used as an energy source to generate hot water, steam or electricity, thereby covering some of the energy needs and costs.
Another advantage of this high level of technology is a significant reduction in carbon footprint by eliminating CO2 emissions. This is possible as in the case of using fossil fuels instead of biogas, when an aerobic form of purification with high energy consumption is used, or when purification occurs in an open lagoon with the release of greenhouse gas.
So, among the main advantages of these solutions:
- Generation and accumulation of biogas, can be used as a carbon-neutral source of energy (for steam production in boiler houses, for the production of hot water and electricity, using a combined heat and power plant (CHP))
- Low operating costs for a sewage treatment plant compared to aerobic wastewater treatment technologies;
- The availability of further refinement steps for water reuse, such as a membrane bioreactor (MBR) and reverse osmosis system
- Remote monitoring and support in operation and maintenance;
- Rational and premium technologies for converting waste into energy.
Contact our specialists for advice. Together with GWE, we will develop for you a specialized solution that will allow you to effectively treat wastewater and generate biogas with its processing for further profit!
Source of information: GWE