Sharp’s Brewery is working with Truro-based H2OK Water and Energy to expand its production capacity and reduce its impact on the environment through a £1million investment in green technology.
Work has begun on the first phase of an anaerobic digestion system at the brewery in Rock. The project to install the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB), which sees waste liquid from the brewery go through a three-stage treatment process, installed by H2OK. Sharp’s will become the first brewery in the south west to use this form of technology.
Once the capacity has been unlocked, the brewery plans to invest in a second phase, which will see the waste products being turned into biogas to provide heat and power at the site, reducing the liquid waste being sent to the local water treatment plant by 80%.
In order to deliver the project, which will be completed by April, H2OK has partnered with Dutch company, Nijhuis, a leading technology provider in the industrial effluent and anaerobic digestion fields. H2OK and Sharp’s Brewery will also create a new position on site to manage the system full time.
Sharp’s general manager Emma Bebbington commented: “The anaerobic digestion system is a big step forward in helping us to become one of the most environmentally friendly breweries in the UK. ”