New Belgium Brewing
Waste water from the brewery is pumped into ponds to reduce the amount of organic waste and water sent on to the Fort Collins municipal plant.
Water Treatment and Energy Production
At New Belgium Brewing's on-site Process Water Treatment Plant (PWTP), New Belgium uses microbes to clean all of its production wastewater through a series of aerobic (with air) and anaerobic (without air) basins. A byproduct of this process, methane gas, is harvested and piped back to the brewery, where it powers a 292kW combined heat and power engine. The engine can produce up to 15% of New Belgium's electrical needs and turns a waste stream into a source of energy. This installation is part of New Belgium’s work to be a leader on BICEP's key principle of increasing investments in clean energy technology.