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Can Other Environmental Industries Learn from Solar’s Success?

Fast Co.Exist

Solar power took off because solar panels got cheaper and better, and because state and federal governments have helped subsidize the industry. But those aren’t the only reasons. A big part of solar’s success has come from new financial models, like solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPA), which save end-users from having to buy equipment upfront.

Now other environmental industries are hoping to copy solar’s success.

Boston-based Cambrian Innovation, which makes a modular wastewater treatment system for food and beverage plants, has come up with something called a water-energy purchase agreement (WEPA). Like a solar PPA, it saves users from startup costs and effectively turns infrastructure into a service. Plant owners pay a monthly fee based on the amount of wastewater going through the system, and in return they get clean (or nearly clean) water and energy in the form of methane, which can either be burned for heat, or converted to electricity. Cambrian’s EcoVolt product, which comes in a cargo container, is basically a supercharged anaerobic digester.

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Water Treatment Financing Model Takes Page From Solar PPAs

Environmental Leader

Cambrian Innovation today said that Lagunitas Brewing Company will be the first customer to use its water-energy purchase agreement (WEPA).

Under the WEPA, which Cambrian says is a first for the industrial wastewater treatment industry, Lagunitas will use Cambrian’s EcoVolt product to treat its wastewater onsite, producing recycled water and clean energy to use at its Azusa, California brewery, which will open early next year. The brewery will pay a monthly fee and zero money down for the wastewater treatment and renewable energy generation as a service.

By reducing its utility bills and eliminating its off-site wastewater hauling and treatment costs, Cambrian estimates the WEPA will save the brewery $22.5 million over the 20-year contract.

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Craft Beer Pioneer, Lagunitas, Signs Up to Save $22.5M in Water, Wastewater, and Energy Costs with Cambrian Innovation’s WEPA

In an industry first, Lagunitas installs Cambrian’s onsite EcoVolt® solution at no upfront cost Boston, MA and Azusa, CA – December 7, 2016 – Cambrian Innovation, a commercial provider of distributed wastewater treatment and resource recovery solutions for industrial facilities, today announced that one of the nation’s fastest growing craft breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company, will… View Article


Matthew Silver, Founder & CEO of Cambrian Innovation, to Keynote 7th International Complex Systems Design & Management Conference

Talk addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable water and energy infrastructure Boston, MA and Paris, France – December 5 – Matthew Silver, Founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation, will keynote the upcoming international Complex Systems Design & Management (CSD&M) conference in Paris, France next week. The conference, hosted by the French Center of… View Article


Cambrian Innovation Welcomes New Senior Director of Operations

Brian Hemphill brings over two decades of operations experience to Cambrian Boston – December 1, 2016 – Cambrian Innovation, a biotechnology company solving critical resource challenges for industry, announced today that Brian Hemphill joined the team as Senior Director of Operations. Brian, who has spent over two decades leading operations in the wine industry, will… View Article


Details on Russian River Brewing’s new water treatment system and expansion (should you buy one?)

Craft Brewing Business

Water is power. The world needs it. Water is also beer, which the world also needs. All breweries understand this, especially a brewery like Russian River Brewing Co., which literally gains its name, inspiration and flavor from that Russian River. In order to keep these standards of flavor quality and sustainability high as the brewery expands, it has turned to Cambrian Innovation, a biotechnology company solving critical resource challenges for the industry.

“Sustainable production is really important to us,” says Natalie, “and we want to ensure that we remain conscious of our environmental impact as we grow. The EcoVolt solution will cut our carbon and water footprints, ensuring that if we do choose to further increase production, we also give back to the environment.”

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US Beer Makers Are Leading The Water-Energy Nexus Revolution

CleanTechnica

It looks like the sustainability engine of the future is going to keep chugging along, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. The latest case in point is the US brewing industry. Breweries of all sizes have been investing in high efficiency equipment that cuts down their wastewater while producing usable products including methane gas, potable water and biosolids. That trend is not likely to change any time soon.

That’s because US breweries — especially urban breweries — need to think ahead if they’re going to continue growing in an era of water scarcity and aging wastewater treatment facilities.

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Cambrian Innovation and Russian River Brewing Company Announce Installation of First Standalone EcoVolt MBR

Next-generation wastewater treatment solution removes 99 percent of contaminants, producing water suitable for discharge or reuse BOSTON, MA and SANTA ROSA, CA – November 16, 2016 – Cambrian Innovation, a biotechnology company solving critical resource challenges for industry, today announced a new partnership with Russian River Brewing Company. The Sonoma County craft brewery, famous for its strong… View Article