Water resources management
Clear water and clean energy for Oettinger
Brewing high quality products and recovering energy. Oettinger and REMONDIS Aqua have created a partnership that benefits them both
Construction and operation of a wastewater pre-treatment plant with an energy recovery system
REMONDIS Aqua has been awarded a contract by Oettinger Brewery to build and operate an anaerobic wastewater pre-treatment facility. This state-of-the-art facility will also be able to recover energy from the wastewater in the form of biogas.
The company, Oettinger Brewery, which is based in Oettingen, Bavaria, produces and sells a wide range of beer and non-alcoholic drinks. A new concept had to be drawn up recently for the treatment of the wastewater at its Mönchengladbach site as a result of the plant’s continuous growth and increased production capacity. REMONDIS Aqua’s sophisticated process for the anaerobic treatment of wastewater will be used there in the future to ensure that wastewater is treated in a resource-efficient way: the RE2ENERGY® process guarantees a high level of cleaning efficiency and, at the same time, makes the best possible use of the contents of the wastewater by recycling them and producing energy. The biogas, which is recovered during the cleaning process, is a “renewable energy“ and is converted into electricity via a combined heat and power plant (CHP). The electrical energy generated here is then fed into the grid of the local energy supplier. All of the waste heat is used for the company’s production processes. By doing this, Oettinger will be able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
“By recovering energy from the wastewater, the RE2ENERGY® process ensures that our wastewater treatment is highly sustainable which is fully in keeping with the Oettinger Brewery’s high expectations as far as quality and resource-efficiency in its production processes are concerned,“ explained REMONDIS sales manager, Gerhard Simon. This new project from the drinks industry further underlines the level of expertise and the extensive experience of REMONDIS Aqua in the food processing industry. The company has already successfully implemented its process to recover energy whilst treating wastewater: in 2010, for example, the company first built and then operated a facility for Valensina, which also produces high quality fruit juices and premium smoothies in Mönchengladbach, and in 2006 it built and then operated a facility for the WILD Group, which produces fructose, flavour extracts and concentrates in Valencia, a region famous for its orange groves. “This contract is a further step towards extending our market position as the leading supplier of innovative contracting models in the industrial water management sector with solutions for all branches which have to deal with wastewater,“ commented Gerhard Simon.
RE2ENERGY® – guarantees a high level of cleaning efficiency and makes the best possible use of the contents of the wastewater by recycling them and producing energy.