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Bluetongue shows green energy benefits for food and beverage industry

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CST Wastewater Solutions is partnering with Global Water Engineering (GWE) in environmental engineering to provide environmentally advanced wastewater treatment systems to the Australian food and beverage industries.

These wastewater treatment systems can produce biogas energy from wastewater, simultaneously enhancing energy recovery while reducing carbon footprints.

The anaerobic technology employed, a type that produces ten per cent less sludge than aerobic types, is demonstrating its capabilities in service in the new $120 million state of the art Bluetongue brewery for Pacific Beverages

Pacific Beverages’ new Bluetongue Brewery in New South Wales features an advanced water recovery plant, which targets best practice water reuse standards. The water recovery plant also provides renewable energy for the brewery, reducing its dependence on fossil fuels.

The system, which was designed as a model for food and beverage plants globally, was installed by a partnership of CST Wastewater Solutions and Global Water Engineering (GWE), which are respectively Australian and global leaders in environmental engineering. With more than 300 successfully completed projects in more than 60 countries, GWE is one of the market leaders for anaerobic wastewater treatment and for the transition of biosolids into green energy

Pacific Beverages, a joint venture by Coca-Cola Amatil and global brewer SABMiller, has ensured the brewery, with an ultimate annual capacity of 150 million litres, will boast strict environmental standards and world-class water and energy savings, says the CEO of Pacific Beverages Mr Peter McLoughlin.

“Using water recovery techniques and modern design principles, we are able to target a reduction in our water usage to 2.2l / l litres of beer produced, which is amongst the best in the world and certainly well above the global average of 4 - 5 litres of water to every one litre of beer. Methane from this process will also power a third boiler which will reduce our energy consumption by about 15 per cent,” he explains.

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