AtmosZero has created a drop-in industrial electric boiler that takes the heat in the air and turns it into decarbonized steam. This first-of-its-kind modular electrified boiler will replace fossil-fueled industrial boiler systems, helping companies of all sorts reach their green goals. AtmosZero is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, so it only makes sense that New Belgium Brewing Co. (headquartered in Fort Collins) would be one of the first to embrace these zero emissions boilers.
As part of the launch of the electrified boiler system, AtmosZero just announced a partnership with manufacturing leader Danfoss for its first pilot project with New Belgium Brewing. From the press release:
“Our vision is to eliminate emissions with a mass-manufactured high-efficiency drop-in electrified steam generator capable of delivering zero-emissions steam at a cost comparable to today’s fossil-fueled boilers,” said Addison Stark, CEO of AtmosZero. “Boiling water to generate process steam accounts for a quarter of all industrial emissions, and in a brewery facility like New Belgium’s it represents the majority of their on-site fossil fuel consumption.”
AtmosZero notes that more than 7 percent of primary global energy is burned to boil water for process steam. Now there’s a way for craft breweries to decarbonize their steam operations and electrify the boiler room. This New Belgium pilot project will demonstrate a 650-kW thermal electrified boiler at is headquarters in Fort Collins in late 2024. AtmosZero is also working with technology innovator Danfoss as a critical component supplier for the New Belgium pilot and initial prototype system that is being tested at Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Energy Campus in Fort Collins. Together, the companies are integrating Danfoss Turbocor compressors, which are oil free, to reach the high efficiencies required for the electrified boilers systems.
“Danfoss Turbocor has been redefining the cooling and heating industry with disruptive oil-free, digital, lower carbon footprint compressors, enabling a more sustainable tomorrow across commercial buildings and infrastructure,” said Ricardo Schneider, President of Danfoss Turbocor. “We are thrilled to partner with AtmosZero and share the same vision to decarbonize steam with progressive technologies, replacing traditional industrial boilers with more efficient and sustainable systems using green energy.”
New Belgium continues to challenge the industry with greener practices and campaigns that grow awareness on the importance of brewing ecology and social responsibility. For instance, New Belgium’s flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale became America’s first certified carbon neutral beer in 2020. What does that mean exactly? New Belgium’s Fat Tire brand has earned carbon neutral status by SCS Global Services using the international recognized PAS 2060 standard. How did New Belgium earn such a cool accreditation? Jump over to this Drink Sustainably web page to learn the sustainability processes New Belgium has installed and embraced with its brewing facilities, supply lines and philanthropy initiatives to earn the certification — solar arrays, LEED-certified buildings, recycling efforts, carbon credits, and, well, here’s another example … the AtmosZero boiler.
The journey continues: Through the project, AtmosZero and New Belgium will work with Fort Collins Utilities, which plans to deliver 100 percent renewable electricity to the brewery by 2030 to evaluate, plan, and upgrade the electrical systems at the brewing facility.
“Our partnership with AtmosZero aligns with our commitment to implement the latest in sustainable technology which allows us to operate our breweries in a manner that doesn’t contribute to irreversible climate change,” said Joe Davis, Chief Operations Officer, [at New Belgium]. “We’re confident that the AtmosZero steam generators will be critical assets in the delivery of our ambitious climate goals by potentially decarbonizing steam at our Fort Collins Brewery.”
AtmosZero is supported by leading climate technology investors and the US Department of Energy. The AtmosZero leadership team is comprised of recognized industrial heat and power experts who have held strategic positions at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Colorado State University. The team is well-positioned to bring AtmosZero’s mission to fruition: reimagining the boiler room for a decarbonized future. For more information, please visit www.atmoszero.energy.