To examine the strategic impact of AccelWater, we need to simultaneously consider trends in water use and reclaiming, industrial waste management, energy recovery, industrial digitization, environmental challenges and socio-economic factors.
The introduction and widespread adoption of integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry, like AccelWater, will profoundly improve the management of resources for food and beverage processing and pave the way for the development of a sustainable and more efficient production system in the food and beverage industry. AccelWater will deliver an enhanced framework under the water-waste-energy nexus for efficient industrial production of food and beverage and will empower the European food and beverage industry with an integrated technological solution. It will assist the industry to deliver safe, high-quality products, while minimizing the impact on natural resources (by reducing freshwater use and increasing the raw material use efficiency), mitigating climate change (by reducing fossil fuel based energy consumption through energy recovery) and developing alternate value streams (through waste valorization).
AccelWater proposes an approach that – if broadly adopted – will disrupt the current food and beverage industry and accelerate the adoption of industrial resources reclaiming technologies (water, energy, waste substances) by the industry in connection with smart and precise monitoring, control and future demand prediction. Current investment in reclaiming resources is only a fraction of potential investment, and many financial, practical and regulatory compliances prevent the food and beverage industry from implementing solutions on a broader scale. Under this framework, AccelWater can bring a paradigm shift to progress beyond the conventional approach in the food and beverage industry, which has limited use of reclaiming technologies.
This conventional approach does not alter the fundamental nature of the food and beverage industry as it is commonly practiced. It treats reclaiming technologies as an add-on rather than as the transformative opportunity that it inherently possesses.