America’s Oldest Brewery has adopted innovative energy-saving technology, with help from PPL Electric Utilities.
PPL recently awarded an energy efficiency rebate to D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. for the installation of a combined heat and power system in Yuengling’s historic dairy building, which is part of its Pottsville campus. The restored dairy building houses the company’s wastewater pretreatment system, as well as its new gift shop, museum and hospitality area.
As the name suggests, combined heat and power projects use a single source of energy to produce both electricity and useful heat. Here’s a simple guide to how Yuengling’s system works, from the company’s website:
• Yuengling captures methane from its brewing wastewater pretreatment process.
• The methane, in addition to purchased natural gas, fuels the combined heat and power system.
• The heat is used to preheat wastewater at the wastewater treatment plant.
• The electricity is used for the brewing operations.
Yuengling’s use of combined heat and power is leading sustainability technology within the craft brewing industry. Yuengling also has combined heat and power at its Millcreek brewery in Pottsville and under construction at its Tampa, Fla., brewery.
“D.G. Yuengling & Son, a company rich in history, chose an innovative way to reduce its energy use through this combined heat and power project,” said Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “We’re glad to have helped support Yuengling in this energy-saving project.”
D.G. Yuengling & Son has been family-owned and operated since 1829.
Pictured at top: PPL Electric Utilities’ Greg Dudkin and John Davis talk with a Yuengling employee during a tour of the company’s Pottsville campus.