Start Date

8-5-2020 12:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Tourism and Hospitality

Advisor

Peter Cooke

Abstract

The cleaning process and chemicals a brewer chooses vary widely from brewer to brewer and worksite to worksite; many factors contribute to the costs involved in this crucial and essential aspect of brewery operation. This is where us as Intern through the University of Southern Maine under the New England Environmental Finance Center grant project joins the process with the partnership of TURI. The Toxic Use Reduction Institute out of Lowell, Massachusetts in order to help discover less toxic cost-effective alternatives to the cleaning practices within a brewery.

In this partnership, we set out to create a less toxic money efficient chemical and sanitizer. Our goal is to design a mixture that will allow brewers to get the best possible clean without harming themselves or the environment and cut back on the amount of water used. Two solutions are made, the first is a detergent called catholyte, the second is a disinfectant called anolyte.

The goal of this process is to get a score of zero bacteria left in the tanks. After a few tests, we have come to the conclusion it is possible. We have gotten a level of zero, as well as half the amount of water used. This allows brewers to save money, water, and the environment one clean at a time. The financial benefit of using the ECA technology as proposed totals a saving in operational costs of $245 per month, or $2,940 per year (TURI, 2019). Costs in areas of chemicals, energy, and water use have been reduced.

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May 8th, 12:00 AM

Brewery Sustainability: Pollution Prevention Reducing Toxic Cleaners

The cleaning process and chemicals a brewer chooses vary widely from brewer to brewer and worksite to worksite; many factors contribute to the costs involved in this crucial and essential aspect of brewery operation. This is where us as Intern through the University of Southern Maine under the New England Environmental Finance Center grant project joins the process with the partnership of TURI. The Toxic Use Reduction Institute out of Lowell, Massachusetts in order to help discover less toxic cost-effective alternatives to the cleaning practices within a brewery.

In this partnership, we set out to create a less toxic money efficient chemical and sanitizer. Our goal is to design a mixture that will allow brewers to get the best possible clean without harming themselves or the environment and cut back on the amount of water used. Two solutions are made, the first is a detergent called catholyte, the second is a disinfectant called anolyte.

The goal of this process is to get a score of zero bacteria left in the tanks. After a few tests, we have come to the conclusion it is possible. We have gotten a level of zero, as well as half the amount of water used. This allows brewers to save money, water, and the environment one clean at a time. The financial benefit of using the ECA technology as proposed totals a saving in operational costs of $245 per month, or $2,940 per year (TURI, 2019). Costs in areas of chemicals, energy, and water use have been reduced.

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