39. New wastewater treatment technology for breweries

J. Fox (1), A. WRIGHT (1); (1) ClearCove Systems, Rochester, NY, U.S.A.

Sustainability I
Friday, October 9
4:00–5:45 p.m.
River Terrace 2

One of the greatest challenges facing breweries today, both new and established, is the treatment and disposal of wastewater. Municipalities often impose surcharges on the organics a facility discharges into the sewer, which can place a significant financial burden on breweries. With aging infrastructures and municipalities’ increased need for additional revenue it is likely these surcharges will continue and potentially increase. Conventional activated sludge treatment that has been utilized at breweries is expensive, consumes a great deal of energy, and requires a high degree of operations and maintenance. To address this challenge, ClearCove Systems has developed a game-changing patent-pending technology solution that removes the majority of organics from wastewater prior to it being discharged into the sewer or environment, significantly reducing or even eliminating surcharges. The ClearCove solution is a physical/chemical process that simply and reliably removes the majority of solids (TSS) and organics (BOD) from the wastewater, while also adjusting pH. The ClearCove solution can be combined with a membrane filtration unit to remove 100% of the BOD and produce reuse quality water to drive down brewery operation costs even further. This presentation will cover an introduction to the technology, as well as the performance results of a feasibility study performed at Saranac Brewery and an installation at Neighborhood Beer Company, a new start-up craft brewery in New Hampshire.

Alex Wright has worked for ClearCove Systems in a number of roles, including sales, marketing, and operations, since the company’s inception in 2012. Alex currently supports the business development teams for both the food and beverage and municipal efforts of the company and is the project manager for the company’s NYSERDA funded demonstration projects. Alex graduated in 2012 from Northeastern University with a degree in economics.

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