Beer Industry Sustainable Water and a Chocolate, Cherry Stout

My readers know that I exercise, run, and practice yoga. There is nothing better than a good beer after all of this work. I recently had a Chocolate-Cherry Stout produced by the Firestone Walker Brewing Company from the central coast of California. The beer was great, and it also got me thinking about beer industry sustainable water efforts. Really, what can be better than a dark chocolate and cherry flavor combo? The result from Firestone Walker is a quintessential seasonal stout offering…


Palladium Recovery

Inventive Filtration Technologies for Palladium Recovery 

  Palladium image source Many times we encounter an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” mentality. Process engineers in particular run up against this constantly. Yet, when it comes to palladium recovery, we’ve seen some strong results from taking an inventive approach to the filtration technologies uses. Currently, in recovering palladium catalysts the slurries are clarified with the use of filter presses, manual plate or nutsche filters, bag filters, or cartridge filters.   All of these…


Innovative technology

Innovation Grown from Oranges

Photo credit: photoschafl via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND I have written over the years about sustainability; you may remember Ford & Jose Cuervo. Today, I'm writing about a new idea for sustainable innovation grown from the rinds and seeds of Sicily’s most famous citrus fruit — the orange. The orange, which Sicily harvests several hundred thousand tons each year, is being used in a wide range of greener and healthier business initiatives. The innovation is as impressive as the filtration…


innovation and tequila

Innovative Thinking, Sustainability & Tequila

Blue Agave Plantation. Photo credit: MaloMalverde via Foter.com / CC BY-SA Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel and do a lot of business in Mexico. I have learned a great deal not only about our field, but also about various tequila. Customers often have different favorites, and there's always time to discuss the benefits of this alcoholic beverage made from blue agave plants. Nevertheless, you're not reading this blog to find out my favorite type of tequila (although I'm happy…