Energy efficiency opportunities in the brewery industry

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Breweries in the United States spend annually over $200 Million on energy. Energy consumption is equal to 3-8% of the production costs of beer, making energy efficiency improvement an important way to reduce costs, especially in times of high energy price volatility. After a summary of the beer making process and energy use, we examine energy efficiency opportunities available for breweries. We provide specific primary energy savings for each energy efficiency measure based on case studies that have implemented the measures, as well as references to technical literature. If available, we have also listed typical payback periods. Our findings suggest ... continued below

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Worrell, Ernst; Galitsky, Christina & Martin, Nathan June 28, 2002.

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Breweries in the United States spend annually over $200 Million on energy. Energy consumption is equal to 3-8% of the production costs of beer, making energy efficiency improvement an important way to reduce costs, especially in times of high energy price volatility. After a summary of the beer making process and energy use, we examine energy efficiency opportunities available for breweries. We provide specific primary energy savings for each energy efficiency measure based on case studies that have implemented the measures, as well as references to technical literature. If available, we have also listed typical payback periods. Our findings suggest that there may still be opportunities to reduce energy consumption cost-effectively for breweries. Major brewing companies have and will continue to spend capital on cost effective measures that do not impact the quality of the beer. Further research on the economics of the measures, as well as their applicability to different brewing practices, is needed to assess implementation of selected technologies at individual breweries.

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  • Report No.: LBNL--50979
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • DOI: 10.2172/881595 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 881595
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc874617

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Worrell, Ernst; Galitsky, Christina & Martin, Nathan. Energy efficiency opportunities in the brewery industry, report, June 28, 2002; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc874617/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.