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

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Next-generation wastewater treatment solution removes 99 percent of contaminants, producing water suitable for discharge or reuse

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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 IPAs, sours, and, most notably, for its limited release Pliny the Younger, will be the first to install Cambrian’s EcoVolt MBR as a standalone solution.

Commercially launched in 2015, the EcoVolt MBR is a modular aerobic digester that efficiently removes 99 percent of contaminants from industrial wastewater, producing water suitable for discharge or reuse. The system is designed to be used independently or in conjunction with Cambrian’s flagship EcoVolt Reactor for energy-efficient wastewater treatment and water reuse. Like Cambrian Innovation’s other EcoVolt products, the EcoVolt MBR is fully automated and generates continuous feedback on system performance, enabling real-time control and minimizing operator oversight.

Russian River owners Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo announced plans to build a second brewpub in Windsor, California earlier this year. The Windsor facility, slated to open in the fall of 2018, will allow the brewery to nearly double their annual production, and is designed to accommodate future expansion as needed.

The brewery’s EcoVolt solution is also designed for future expansion. Beyond the EcoVolt MBR, the facility can accommodate additional EcoVolt Reactors, matching treatment to increased production and generating renewable energy onsite. This feature was particularly compelling for Co-Founder and President Natalie Cilurzo.

“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.”

“From an operational standpoint, it was extremely important that we be proactive about managing our wastewater at the new facility, and lay the groundwork for future water reuse,” adds Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and Brewmaster. “We started evaluating solutions early in the planning process. Cambrian’s EcoVolt product suite offers the most efficient and sustainable solutions on the market.”

The EcoVolt MBR at Russian River’s new brewpub will treat 100 percent of the brewery’s wastewater flow, and will target an effluent water quality of 20 mg/L biological oxygen demand (BOD) and 10 mg/L total suspended solids (TSS). The solution can be expanded as the brewery grows.

“Russian River is embarking on an exciting journey,” says Matthew Silver, Founder & CEO of Cambrian Innovation. “They have a clear vision for both their beer, and for the way they handle water and wastewater within the facility. We’re honored that our EcoVolt solution fits into that vision.”

About Cambrian Innovation®

Cambrian Innovation is a globally-recognized biotechnology company dedicated to solving critical water, wastewater, and energy management challenges for industry. Their award-winning EcoVolt® product suite leverages advances in bioelectrochemistry to help clients cost-effectively and sustainably treat wastewater while generating clean energy and clean water. Cambrian offers wastewater treatment and resource recovery as a service through the water-energy purchase agreement (WEPA), a financing platform for distributed EcoVolt solutions.

Cambrian Innovation’s robust research and development group is also commercializing a broader portfolio of environmental productions to help industrial clients efficiently manage their resources. To learn more, visit http://www.cambrianinnovation.com.

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