$3 million biogas facility is a ‘win-win’
The facility, which is being designed specifically to help the brewery cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) output by over 500 tonnes each year and remove 85% of the treatable waste components in the brewery’s wastewater, is due to be completed in early 2011. By eliminating this waste the facility also lowers the amount of electrical energy required by the brewery for processing.
The facility will use anaerobic digestion (AD) to create methane gas from Spoetzl’s waste products, which are formed during the brewing process. The methane will then be utilised to power the boilers that create steam and hot water necessary for the production of the beer itself.
Jamie Jurado, director of brewing operations, said: ‘This new biogas generation and waste treatment facility is a win-win commitment for Spoetzl and the Shiner community. In addition to further reducing our energy consumption and carbon emissions, it eliminates much of the waste from the wastewater right at our facility, reducing the town’s energy burden on the municipal wastewater treatment facility and at the same time feeding biogas to our biogas-compatible boiler.’