Glenn d’Eon, PTG’s National Sales Manager, leads a workshop titled “Strategies Promoting Water & Energy Efficiencies for Craft Brewing Operation”. The purpose of the workshop was to provide owners, brewers, and operators of craft breweries information about best practices for lowering energy costs, reducing costs of heating and processing water, and ways to promote water reuse.
April 11, 2016
PTG Water & Energy (PTG), innovator of onsite power generation technology optimized for craft breweries, was selected by the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) to present and lead a workshop at CCBA’s Spring Conference held at The Westin Hotel in Long Beach, CA. More than 50 representatives from the craft brewing industry attended the workshop, which was led by Glenn d’Eon, PTG’s National Sales Manager. Judging from the audience and their questions, interest in the workshop’s topics was keen. Key topics that Mr. d’Eon covered during the workshop included: Solutions & Options for Reducing Costs of Heating and Processing Water; Keys to Addressing Water Reuse Goals; Costs & Benefits; Available Financial Incentives & Rebates; Evaluation & Design of Solution Systems; and Project Sizing & Installation.
Craft brewers, particularly brewers operating in California, often face high electricity and boiler operating costs. These can be attributable to rising electric utility rates, rapid growth in demand and beer production, and other factors. These increasing costs reduce profits and cash flow that could be used for expansion and other investments. In addition, many craft brewers are concerned with possible blackouts and brownouts by the local utility which could potentially ruin valuable inventory. Finally, as concerns over protecting water resources have grabbed the spotlight recently, many participants in the beverage industry have increased their focus on ways to conserve and reuse water otherwise consumed in production operations.
Controlling energy and water costs while creating the highest-quality beer is crucial for the nation’s craft brewers. In this era of rising energy prices, businesses of all sizes are increasingly turning to Combined Heat and Power technologies and systems in order to cut their increasing power costs. Recent innovations in these technologies have expanded the possible range of applications and sizes.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source (such as natural gas or biogas) in a unified system. In a traditional CHP system, hot exhaust gases coming from the engine or turbine that generates electricity are used to heat water and/or create steam. The heated water and/or steam is then used to heat or cool a building or facility.
These CHP concepts can be applied in several novel ways to address BOTH energy and water needs in the beverage industry. For example, these systems can beneficially use exhaust heat to create hot water that is used as an ingredient or input in the craft brewing production process. In this case, custom-designed CHP systems produce hot water at no additional cost by using hot exhaust gases created from onsite electric generation. This results in significant economic savings which rapidly pay for the system investment.
Cogeneration or CHP principals can also be applied to the problem of disinfecting wastewater using a process that is safe, toxic free, and has a low carbon footprint in a unified, integrated system. These methods focus on using exhaust heat to disinfect wastewater. Wastewater generated in the craft brewing process that has been treated and ultimately disinfected using approved methods will qualify for non-potable water reuse, including landscape watering, facility equipment cleaning, and agricultural irrigation.
By treating wastewater, craft brewers can also lower their sewer charges, saving additional costs. These savings, combined with lower energy costs and savings associated with water reuse, pay for the capital investment in the disinfection system within several years, and in a fraction of the system’s expected 20-year useful life.
Mr. d’Eon is leading several PTG’s CHP system installations, including at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, California, which was recently acquired by Anheuser Busch, complimenting their growing line of specialty craft brewers. This installation, along with others, provided the basis for case examples covered during the CCBA workshop. Golden Road calculates that the PTG system will pay for itself in less than three years by reducing its facility’s energy costs by more than 50%, while efficiently producing thousands of gallons of hot water without consuming additional energy resources. They are looking at taking the PTG systems to additional newer facilities.
About California Craft Brewers Association
The California Craft Brewers Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. The primary function of the CCBA is to monitor legislative activity at the state Capitol and to provide a single and coherent political voice that represents the interests of all of California’s craft breweries. Additionally, the CCBA provides a broad realm of services for the craft brewing community which includes addressing critical business and supply issues and offering gatherings and events to help foster communication and education among our family of brewers. The CCBA is proud to represent the rich and diverse collection of artisans and entrepreneurs that make up the family of California’s craft brewers.
About PTG Water & Energy
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, PTG Water & Energy is a rapidly growing company that designs and markets CHP and wastewater solutions for a number of industrial markets. PTG’s process is able to deliver the most energy-efficient and lowest-cost solution on the market. PTG’s technology enables tremendous cost savings in water- and energy-intensive industries such as craft beer, agriculture, and food processing. PTG has won numerous awards including the Katerva Award, the Artemis Top 50 Water Tech award, and the Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award. For more information, see www.ptgwaterandenergy.com, and follow us on Twitter (@PTGWaterEnergy) and Facebook.
About Glenn d’Eon
Glenn d’Eon is the National Sales Manager of PTG Water & Energy. Heading up PTG’s sales group, Glenn is responsible for scaling up PTG’s field operations to handle current and new contracts with wastewater treatment plants domestically along with managing the increasing market interest from new industrial sectors. Glenn is a senior engineering sales professional with more than 25 years of experience in the water and wastewater industries, with expertise that includes application engineering, sales, business development, management, and contract administration. He has held senior sales and engineering positions at various Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Canada. Glenn received his BSME from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, photography, scuba diving and skiing.