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Alternate Sources of Water

Request Number 80343 | Author PepsiCo

Description

This project seeks to explore how we can leverage the climate conditions surrounding our manufacturing facilities to extract water from the environment around us such as through atmospheric water extraction, dew/fog/rainwater harvesting, or even desalination. Reducing the demand on municipal water, will cause a reduced demand on local watersheds. Ultimately, the goal is to determine the availability and feasibility of low energy water extraction technologies for use as potable water in food and beverage manufacturing plants.

Key Success Criteria

Must-Haves

  • Must be a low-cost water extraction technology
    • The goal is to achieve a $25-50 per 1000 gallons target. We understand this may not be achievable today, but partner will be expected to have possible ideas of how to lower cost
  • Technology must be able to produce potable water quality
  • Vendor must be able to define sources of energy that can be utilized (i.e., waste heat at our facilities, renewable, etc.)
  • Vendor must be able to quantify the impact of climate variation on water extraction volume
  • Technology must be ready to be piloted

Nice-to-Haves

  • Footprints limited by the amount of rooftop space available on a beverage plant, which is ~ 4,645 - 9,290 square meters.
  • Technology adaptable to all climates
  • Ability to partner in customizing solutions
  • Water will be used in products; thus, all equipment must be able to obtain NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) 61 certification
Approaches not of interest

Out of scope includes water reuse processes, use of municipal wastewater, and water efficiency tactics.

Preferred Collaboration types

Commercialized solutions are preferred although JDAs may be acceptable