Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. awarded Business of the Year by local chamber of commerce
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co., San Carlos, California, has been awarded “Business of the Year” from the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the city of San Carlos.
Since its founding in 2001, Devil’s Canyon Brewing says it has followed a C.O.R.E. philosophy—C.O.R.E. being a “Culture ofRe-utilization Ethic.” In addition to making award-winning, sustainably handcrafted beer and root beer, since its start the brewery has been redirecting materials destined for landfills and using them either internally or ensuring they go to another business or group that can benefit by re-utilizing them.
Converting Brewery Waste to Energy in California
Pure Energy Group (PEG), a Park City, Utah-based renewable energy company that engineers, designs and builds anaerobic digestion systems, opened a waste-to-energy facility at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos, Calif., in May 2014. It is the first project of its kind to be permitted and operational in an urban setting. The facility converts brewery waste, including spent grains and more, into bio-gas to run the brewery, according to PEG.
Pure Energy Group brings AD to urban settings with new technology
Anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities are increasingly found processing food waste at large, centralized facilities outside of communities or processing manure on dairy and swine farms. Now AD can be found in a less remote, urban setting. Pure Energy Group LLC designs, builds and installs high-rate AD waste-to-energy systems for various commercial and industrial companies that produce organic waste streams with their day-to-day operations. The company’s first customer and first waste-to-energy system permitted and operational in an urban setting in the U.S. is Devil’s Canyon Brewery, located in San Carlos, California.
Food Processors Offset Energy Costs with Scraps
The economic barriers to implementing anaerobic digestion systems can be quite steep. Once in place, however, the systems provide a huge economic benefit by saving companies money on energy and waste disposal expenses. Government subsidies can help defray some of the costs of installation.
Food processing facilities are beginning to look like potential early adopters of waste-to-energy recycling. Because they are large single-point generators of food scraps, which have more energy content than sewage and some other organic materials, as well as being large consumers of energy, food processors are well-positioned to surmount some of the obstacles to implementation of anaerobic digestion reactors to turn food into electricity and gas.