The Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver, Canada will soon recycle heat captured from hot water used in its brewing operations with International Wastewater Systems’ Piranha thermal heat recovery system.

The brewery is completing construction on a 13,700-square-foot facility in Vancouver that includes its production headquarters along with a retail outlet and tasting room. IWS will install a 5 ton/80,000Btu/h Piranha system that will offset the gas-fired steam generator, which IWS says will provide economic savings and reduce the brewery’s CO2 emissions.

Lynn Mueller, CEO of IWS, said this Piranha application marks a first for IWS in the brewery business.

In an earlier interview with Environmental Leader, Mueller discussed the company’s wastewater heat recovery processthat captures heat from sewage and provides buildings’ heating and cooling. This product is called a SHARC (SHARC stands for sewage heat recovery).

At IWS’ largest residential installation to date, the 172-unit Sail condos by Adera Development Corp. at the University British Columbia, its SHARC system provides hot water for all of the units at about 550 percent efficiency. This saves residents about 70 percent on their hot water heating bills. It also reduces emissions by about 100 metric tons per year.

Mueller said the SHARC system costs about $400,000 more than a traditional system and has a five- to seven-year payback. It’s completely sealed so there is no smell. With regular maintenance it will last between 30 and 40 years, he said.

By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle


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