GLENMORANGIE SERVED UP
NEAT MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR
TO REDUCE WHISKY WASTE
The Federal Electricity and Water
Authority (FEWA) plans to bolster
its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO)
desalination arsenal by building new
plants and expanding existing capacity.
The authority aims to build a new
205,000 m3/day project in Umm al-Quwain and has already qualifed 13
consortia to bid on the construction,
according to news agency WAM.
A further desalination plant will be
built in Al-Zawra, Ajman with a capacity
of 136,000 m3/day. This follows an
MoU signed back in 2014 between Abu
Dhabi’s international energy and water
company TAQA and FEWA for the
Capacity of the Ghalilah desalination
project will also be trebled, from 68,000
m3/day to 205,000 m3/day. This project
was previously awarded to Aquatech
under a US$82 million engineering-procurement- construction contract back
Scottish frm Glenmorangie may be best known for producing delicious bottles of
single malt whisky yet the company is now on its way to producing its own energy
The company took delivery of an anaerobic membrane bioreactor system at its
distillery in Scotland’s Northern Highlands, which produces between four to fve
million litres of whisky per annum.
Working with UK company Aquabio, the anaerobic digestion plant at the Ross-shire distillery uses natural biological processes which both reduces output in
distillery wastewater by up to 95 percent and creates energy in the form of methane
Using ultra-fltration tubular membrane technology, the plant now largely
operates automatically and can be remotely monitored online.
The microorganisms in Glenmorangie’s bioreactor are able to degrade 11. 7 tonnes
of chemical oxygen demand in the polluted wastewater everyday, in the process
producing 3500 cubic metres of biogas daily.
Importantly, the biogas replaces some of the fossil fuels used at the distillery to
heat the stills in which the spirit is made.
Steve Goodwin, managing director of Aquabio, said: “The low energy Anaerobic
Membrane Bioreactor Plant – or AnMBR LE – is designed to improve the quality
of the effuent being discharged into the Dornoch Firth and the resulting biogas is
reused as fuel in the site boiler system.”
With an average of ten to twelve litres of water are needed to produce one litre of
whisky, water technology companies are looking to alchohol producers as the next
big users of their equipment.
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Danish pump company Grundfos has
attributed an increase in net turnover
to growth in the China and Russian
In its half-year fnancial results for
2017, net turnover increased by 5. 8
percent - DKK 12. 2 billion (US$1.9bn)
compared to DKK 11.6 billion (US$1.8bn)
in frst half of 2016.
The company said that China and
Russia are among the countries which
show the strongest growth, but several
markets including Southern Europe,
Middle East and Latin America also
develop very positively. This is a change
in position from earlier in the year when
Grundfos reported in its fnancial results
that Russia and the Middle East suffered
from low levels of activity as a result of
low oil prices.