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Environmental Impacts of Tartaric Stabilisation Processes for Wines using Electrodialysis and Cold Treatment

Bories, A; Sire, Y; Bouissou, D; Goulesque, S; Moutounet, M; Bonneaud, D; Lutin, F.

The environmental impacts of the two tartaric stabifisation methods used for wines, electrodialysis and cold treatment, were studied by determining water consumption (for the process and cleaning), waste produced (organic load and the composition of wastewater and residues) and energy consumption, at the pilot stage and in wineries. Thanks to an online treatment of electrodialysis brines by reverse osmosis (industrial facifity that treats 30 hL wine/h), the recycling of permeates led to a 65% reduction in water consumption, the volume of which represented only 3.9% of the wine treated. When washing and cleaning water from the ED-RO system was taken into account, overall water consumption was 5.5 L/hL wine. The presence of ethanol, due to an osmotic phenomenon with no loss of wine volume, and tartaric acid in the brines contributes to the organic load of the brine, with a COD of close to 8.4 g 0 21L. Overall electrical energy consumption for stabifisation by electrodialysis (0.21 kWh/hL) turned out to be eight times lower than that of cold stabifisation. An evaluation of cold stabifisation effluents revealed that 66.6% of the COD discharged came from the diatomaceous earth (DE), 2 1.8% from the washing of the ifiter and 11.4% from the washing of the cold treatment tank. The production of used DE was 2.64 g (wet weight)IL of wine, and the ethanol present in the DE waste represented a loss in wine volume of 0.14 L/hL.

tartaric stabilisation, electrodialysis, reverse osmosis, cold treatment, wastewaters, energy, wastes, eco-design

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