From Brewery Waste to Clean Water and Energy

A recent news article covers a new company called Cambrian Innovation and their product, a microbial mix that turns brewery waste into clean water and energy. Two California breweries are currently using the product. Energy is produced by burning the methane produced by the microbes as they metabolize waste from the beer brewing process. The water produced isn’t clean enough for consumption but could be used as grey water for agriculture and other needs.

Another interesting thing worth mentioning is that they’re using a model similar to that of the solar industry to make the technology more widely affordable. This type of technology could really benefit places like California, which has been suffering a devastating drought over the last couple of years.

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Alex Alexiev

Alex Alexiev is a recent UC Davis graduate with a BS in microbiology working in Jonathan Eisen’s lab on aquariums as part of the microbiology of the built environment.