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."
Waste to Energy: Focus on Sustainability Drives Water Treatment Innovations in Food and Beverage Industry
Water availability, tighter environmental regulations and growing interest in sustainability are pushing advancements and greater implementation of water treatment innovations in the food and beverage industry. As more food and beverage manufacturers look to adopt more environmentally responsible approaches and minimize operational risks -- including those related to waste disposal, wastewater discharge and rising energy costs -- advanced treatment processes including waste-to-energy projects are increasingly emerging as more viable alternatives.
Clean-tech companies including Cambrian Innovation, Genomatica and Autogrid are among the 24 Technology Pioneers selected by the World Economic Forum as companies at the forefront of their industries for 2015.
The microbrew industry has matured into an iconic craft beer market as local entrepreneurs, like Bear Republic Brewing Company, Inc., have taken the category to higher levels of consumer acceptance and loyalty with a variety of popular hand-crafted brews, including full-bodied India pale ales featuring robust, “hoppy” and bold flavors.