The onsite wastewater treatment EcoVolt solution will reduce the water footprint of Lagunitas Brewing Company by 40 percent, enabling the company to open a second brewery in the drought-stricken U.S. state of California. Cambrian Innovation CEO Matt Silver explains how.
Other craft breweries, such as Lagunitas Brewing Company and Bear Republic Brewing Co in Sonoma County, California, are using a new onsite wastewater treatment system housed in a shipping container.
The EcoVolt, developed by Boston-based startup Cambrian Innovation, is powered by electrically active bacteria that use anaerobic digestion to scrub the breweries’ wastewater of up to 90% of pollutants, according to Baji Gobburi, the company’s director of sales and marketing.
Cambrian Innovation offers a no-money-down water treatment technology with a clean energy byproduct. Given the successful start with breweries such as Lagunitas and Bear Republic, the company is focusing on craft breweries and wineries, although Silver said the technology is a good fit for many food and beverage producers.
Cambrian Innovation is extracting clean water and energy from waste streams at two California breweries with a secret set of microbes.
The Boston-based startup has raised $30 million to install its EcoVolt systems, and plans to market them using a model that’s similar to the leases that are driving the residential solar market.
NECEC (The Northeast Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute) tonight announced its Eighth Annual “Green Tie Gala” awards, honoring E2Tech, Cambrian Innovation and Nexamp for their leadership and contributions to the region’s leading clean energy economy.
A number of companies have tried to commercialize this phenomenon since its discovery in 1999, but Cambrian Innovation seems to have emerged as the front-runner… and owns the only bioelectrochemical process backed by real-world installations and results.
Lagunitas Brewing Company has cut its water footprint by 40 percent after installing Cambrian Innovation’s EcoVolt Membrane Bioreactor (MBR), a polishing process that removes more than 99 percent of pollutants and solids, enabling water reuse on site.
Cambrian’s EcoVolt system, installed on-site in a series of shipping containers, uses bacteria to treat wastewater and generate methane gas. The gas then fires a turbine to generate power. The water is clean enough to be reused for washing equipment. It does not, however, end up in the beer or wine.
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has seen a spike in California inquiries for EcoVolt, a self-contained system that uses electrically active microbes to both purify wastewater and generate energy-producing methane gas. EcoVolt is aimed at food and beverage companies, and is in use by a few California wineries and breweries.
MIT spinoff Cambrian named ‘World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer’ for recycling wastewater into energy
A Boston-based MIT spinout that has developed a technology that recycles wastewater and then uses it to generate energy has joined the likes of Google, Dropbox and Spotify in being recognized as a "technology pioneer."