The MEP, partnered with the College of Engineering student team, was so enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. They provided very valuable information for our business decision-making and were highly professional and organized. We really enjoyed the process of working with them and the personalized attention we received on the project.
The Alaska MEP, part of the MEP National Network™, brought in a University of Alaska College of Engineering student team who collected water flow and temperature data, analyzed the equipment design, researched design options and presented key information to help the business owners understand their options for reducing waste and utility costs. The team presented different options, along with cost analyses, to help the owners make the best decisions in optimizing their manufacturing process.
The overall project found that 10-20 ton chillers would decrease the distillery's annual water usage (currently wasting 300,000 gallons of water each year) make their distillery more eco-friendly, and to create a more consistent and sustainable product. Additionally, a 20-ton chiller would save them $3.46/month, and integrating a buffer tank would reduce upfront costs by $25,000.