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Recycling startup a boon to craft breweries

“Beer bottles can typically be washed about 20 times before they are thrown away. In Nova Scotia, the only brewery which currently has permission and the capability to wash and recycle standard beer bottles is Labatt Breweries of Canada. Since manufacturing a beer bottle takes more energy than the recycle and re-use strategy Atlantic Bottle […]

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Russian River Brewing Company and Cambrian Innovation Announce Installation of First Standalone EcoVolt MBR

“Commercially launched in 2015, the EcoVolt MBR is a modular aerobic digester that efficiently removes 99 percent of contaminants from industrial wastewater, producing water suitable for discharge or reuse. The system is designed to be used independently or in conjunction with Cambrian’s flagship EcoVolt Reactor for energy-efficient wastewater treatment and water reuse. Like Cambrian Innovation’s […]

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How green is your booze?

“The energy used to produce a bottle of zinfandel must also include the energy used in the vineyard that produced the grapes.  The energy in a dram of aged bourbon must include the energy used to grow the corn that was fermented.  Energy use on the farm includes the energy used to manufacture any nitrogen fertilizer or […]

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Revolutionary New Discovery Converts CO2 Into Alcohol

“Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory literally stumbled across a process that could become a game changer for the entire energy industry. Carbon dioxide is passed over a carbon and copper catalyst, energized with a jolt of electricity, and ethanol comes out the other end. How nice is that! Ethanol […]

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Valley breweries and ranchers enjoy an unlikely friendship

“”When you compare this with a normal grain on a dry matter basis it’s actually a little bit more nutrient dense so higher in protein, a little bit higher in some of the fats,” Person said. All of the particles are filtered out during the brewing process when sugars and starches are extracted. “What’s left […]

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Drink up: Arizona wastewater-into-beer proposal wins $250K grant

“The coalition’s idea aimed to tear down the stigma that surrounds potable reuse water, which is wastewater that has been cleaned and sanitized to be safe for drinking, by brewing beer with it. The prize money will be used to rent a truck to haul water-treatment equipment across the state next summer. During the tour, […]

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Details on Bear Republic Brewing’s epic new wastewater treatment system

“Bear Republic’s EcoVolt solution, comprised of one headworks unit controlling two anaerobic EcoVolt Reactors, leverages a process called “electromethanogensis.” In this process, electrically-active microbes efficiently treat high-strength wastewater, allowing for discharge to the city in compliance with local standards, and generate a high-quality, renewable biogas. A combined heat and power turbine (CHP) converts the methane into […]

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New Energy-Efficient Winery in Paso Robles (CA)

“Designed and constructed by local firms Reiss Design Studio, and J.W. Design & Construction, respectively, the modern facility features both closed-top and open-topped tanks and a cellar that boasts four separate barrel spaces to allow the winemakers to ferment and store barrels at ideal temperatures, depending on the vintage and varietals. The cellar also has […]

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Bear Republic Brewing Company and Cambrian Innovation Announce Wastewater Treatment Solution

“After only four months of operation, the EcoVolt solution is exceeding performance expectations across all design parameters, including treatment rate, contaminant removal, biogas generation, and methane fraction. It currently supports Bear Republic’s annual production of 82,000 barrels per year, treating 100 percent of their wastewater onsite. The solution has continuously demonstrated robust operations in the […]

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Bacardi Installs Bat Caves At Bottling Plant To Save Bats

“”Conservation and sustainability have been a part of who Bacardi has been since the very beginning nearly 155 years ago. We’ve now come full-circle with these bat caves as we live out this legacy,” says Julio Torruella, global environment director for Bacardi, about the new bat houses installed at the Bacardi Bottling Corporation campus. The […]

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Your next pint of craft beer could come from an energy-efficient greenhouse

“Second, LEDs are much more energy-efficient than traditional light sources, a crucial feature considering that greenhouses consume hefty amounts of electricity to mimic the sun’s light. LEDs can reduce a greenhouse’s energy consumption by up to 70 percent compared to other lighting, according to a 2012 study by Pennsylvania State University. This also benefits energy-hungry […]

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Hopworks and Patagonia team up to create Long Root Ale, a beer to save the world

“Kernza’s dense root system grows up to ten feet down into the Earth, allowing it to react to changes in temperature and soil quickly. Unlike annual wheat, that doesn’t live long enough to develop thick roots, Kernza is a perennial grain whose long roots allow it to hold soil in place and prevent erosion. Along […]

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