One-Day Technical Seminar

Striving For Sustainable Beverage Production

THURSDAY, 14 September 2023

09:00 for 09:30 start, finish at 16:00 BST

One-Day Technical Seminar by the Brewing Engineers Association

THURSDAY, 14 September 2023

09:00 for 09:30 start, finish at 16:00 BST

Burton Albion Football Club, Princess Way, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0AR

The Brewing Engineers Association with promotional support from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling has brought together a group of expert speakers who will discuss the challenges of running your brewery or beverage plant and how “good engineering practice” can help, as you strive towards sustainable beverage production. This event could be useful for those sitting the relevant IBD exams.

The presentation titles are:

Roadmap to a sustainable Beverage Plant 

Will Todd

CEO of Carbon Architecture 

Cold Stabilisation with Microfiltration

Mark Richardson

Parker Hannifin

Decarbonisation of a Bottle Manufacturing Plant

Barry King

Encirc Glass

Production of Nitrogen as a replacement for CO2 in the Brewing sector

Peter Riddell

Integrated Processing Technologies

Challenges of sustainable production of low-alcohol beer

Florian Unseld

Atec GmbH

CO2 Collection, Purification and Liquefaction for craft breweries

Kim Dalum

Dalum Beverage equipment

Rolls-Royce SMR – delivering clean, affordable energy for all

Harry Keeling
Rolls-Royce SMR



The cost, which includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the presentations, is £150 for both BEA and IBD members and £175 for non-members.

Delegates are also invited to the BEA Social event on the evening of 13th September 2023 at the historic Burton Constitutional Club, where food will be provided within the registration fee.

Should you be unable to attend in person, the Brewing Engineers Association invite you to take part in the event via a real-time webinar, running alongside the day’s events. The cost for joining the webinar will be £120 for members and £145 for non-members.


Suggested hotels for accommodation in Burton-on-Trent for the night of Wednesday 13th September are: The Holiday Inn Burton; The Riverside, Branston; and The Premier Inn, Burton.

The usual social gathering will be held on the evening of Wednesday 13th September at the Burton Constitutional Club where members, guests and speakers can compete for the Ray Banton pub games trophy.

The seminar is currently due to start at 0900 for 0930 and finish at 1600. Summaries of the presentations are given below.

Presentation Summaries

“Roadmap to a sustainable beverage plant” – Will Todd, CEO of Carbon Architecture

Data analytics are a vital component of modern manufacturing - allowing for near-real-time insights, process improvements, proactive maintenance, and more.

Moving towards a sustainable world:

The first step in any roadmap is to measure performance before.

The second is to improve efficiency - reducing resource usage.

The third - is the employment of low carbon and water technologies.

The fourth is to measure performance after and for a sustained period of time.

The most effective outcome is underpinned by powerful analytics for fault detection, process optimisation, measurement and verification.

"Cold Stabilisation with microfiltration – A cost effective alternative to Pasteurization in brewing" - Mark Richardson, Processing Product Manager of Parker Hannifin

Pasteurization within the brewing industry has been a staple process for generations in maintaining a beverages quality and shelf-life. However, it requires the generation of high temperatures over sustained amounts of time, incurring significant operational expenditure and an ever-larger Carbon footprint.

Cold stabilization – utilizing microfiltration, yields more reliable results for ensuring a beverages shelf life, with dramatically reduced energy costs and no complex maintenance or process validation that is required with traditional Flash and Tunnel pasteurisation.

With an introduction to microfiltration in the brewing industry and its process automation, this talk will highlight the benefits of utilising microfiltration for cold stabilisation and its impact on reducing your operational expenses and process carbon footprint.

“Decarbonising Glass manufacture” – Barry King, Technical Lead of Decarbonisation projects at Encirc

Leading glass container manufacturer, Encirc, has announced plans to create the world’s first net zero glass bottles at scale by 2030.

In partnership with Diageo, the Company’s ambitious plans include the development of a new hydrogen powered, ultra-low carbon furnace in Elton, Cheshire.

The presentation will review Encirc’s outlook and approach to sustainability, decarbonisation and some of the challenges and successes along the path to achieving net zero glass bottles.

“The production of Nitrogen as an alternative to CO2 for Brewing applications” – Peter Riddell, Integrated Processing Technologies

Carbon dioxide has, and will continue to be, an important ingredient in finished beer. However, with its spiralling costs, supply uncertainty and impact on carbon footprint alternatives for its use in non-carbonation applications such as purging and blanketing and as a motive force are being investigated.

Foremost choice for these tasks is nitrogen but this too, when supplied in bottle or tank, is open to uncertainty of price and availability. Consequently, many users of carbon dioxide and nitrogen are taking control of nitrogen’s availability by producing their own food grade nitrogen on site.

With 78% of the air around us comprising nitrogen, the right technology can provide a means of producing nitrogen in the quantity required, at the right time and at a fraction of the cost of bottle and bulk tank contracts.

“Challenges of Sustainable Production of low alcohol beer” - Florian Unseld, CEO of ATEC GmbH

Low alcohol beer is getting bigger and bigger and has still an enormous growth potential. However as always, the taste stays the main challenge for the brewer as consumers pay very much attention on an authentic mouthfeel.

This talk will discuss challenges around energy and water consumptions for production of low alcohol beer in general.

This talk will also focus on the advantages of a dia-filtration process for the production of low alcohol beer. It will outline the process and will highlight important bullet points along the way from product development to a successful product launch and their impact on the design of the system.

A business case from a medium-sized brewery will be discussed in order to provide details about a proven technical solution which enables the brewer to produce both filtered and unfiltered beer at low alcohol level with authentic taste.

“CO2 Collection, Purification and Liquefaction for smaller breweries” – Dr Kim Dalum, CEO of Dalum Beverage Equipment

Kim Christian Dalum is founder and CEO of Dalum Beverage Equipment, a pioneer in craft scale CO2 recovery for breweries, vintners, distillers, and cider manufactures. Over the course of 25 years, he has had outstanding commercial success with distinct global engineering companies, including Sander Hansen, Krones, Alfa Laval and Union Engineering (now Pentair, world’s leader in industrial CO2 recovery plant manufacture)

DALUM Beverage Equipment is a young engineering company manufacturing cutting-edge, resource and cost saving process equipment to the fast-growing segment of craft breweries.

The DALUM CO2 Recovery Unit is designed for craft breweries from 1,000 hl/a to 100,000 hl/a and promotes a circular utilization of the breweries own CO2, by recovering the gas from fermentation.

CO2 is collected, purified, liquefied and stored ready to be used throughout the brewery. The Unit also reduces the breweries CO2-emission, gives a reliable and cost-efficient supply of CO2 – making your brewery more suited for the future.

“Our reach is worldwide, and we have already installed our CO2 recovery units in multiple countries across Europe and recently we have installed our first Unit in Australia.

At DALUM Beverage Equipment we strongly believe in innovation. Through development of new products , like the DALUM CO2-Recovery unit, we contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly use of our planet’s resources. For the benefit of your business and future generations”.

“Rolls-Royce SMR – delivering clean, affordable energy for all” – Harry Keeling, Head of Industrial Markets at Rolls-Royce SMR

To achieve this goal, speed and certainty are critical. Because Rolls-Royce SMR is able to produce a repeatable factory-built power station, that relies on tried and tested nuclear technology, it can be constructed and made operational far more quickly than conventional bespoke nuclear design and build technology.

The Rolls-Royce SMR approach lowers cost, reduces uncertainty and risk for developers and crucially, allows countries around the world to address their urgent need for low carbon energy.

Harry is accountable for developing opportunities to provide carbon-free power to industrial markets. This includes the provision of consistent and predictable levels of clean energy for desalination, data centres and the production of hydrogen and other e-fuels. After completing a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Bristol, Harry joined Rolls-Royce in 2010 on a graduate training programme.

His career in Rolls-Royce has involved a range of senior project delivery and business development roles, covering multiple sectors from Commercial Marine, Commercial Aero, Nuclear Submarines and lastly Civil Nuclear. In the last year he has also completed a master’s degree in nuclear science and technology.”

Table Top presentations

Some of the Speakers will present table top displays during the lunch break and will be pleased to discuss any applications.

IBD Diplomas in Brewing and Packaging

The Brewing Engineers Association offers a prize to the top candidate in each of the Engineering Papers for the IBD Diploma in Brewing and the IBD Diploma in Packaging examinations.

Apprenticeship Support Scheme

Engineering UK 2018 stated that ‘“Engineering plays a vital role in the UK’s economic and societal wellbeing, providing quality employment on a large scale and some of the key solutions to major global challenges. In the face of technological advancements and a changing political and economic landscape, developing the pipeline to address the skills needs of the engineering sector remains a key challenge”.

The objective of the Brewing Engineers Association Apprenticeship Support Scheme is to provide support to engineering apprentices working in UK Breweries to help them to achieve their ambitions.


To register, please email the Secretary for payment details. In your email please state if you are applying to attend in person or via the real-time webinar.