Budweiser Brewing Group has announced its partnership with UK-based green hydrogen energy company Protium to explore using zero-emission green hydrogen at its Magor brewery in South Wales.
The project plans to build the first large-scale hydrogen generation system at a brewery and will support Budweiser’s ongoing sustainability efforts.
The introduction of green hydrogen technology will help provide zero-carbon power and fuel for the brewery’s operations, as the facility looks to become fully carbon neutral.
Budweiser already powers its brewing operations at the Magor brewery with 100% renewable electricity from solar farms and an on-site wind turbine. These existing assets will be used to manufacture the green hydrogen at Protium’s hydrogen production facility, which will be adjacent to the brewery.
The new site will include a battery, hydrogen storage unit and hydrogen refuelling station used for heavy goods vehicles, saving approximately 15,500 tonnes of CO2e per year from 2027.
The facility will also be fed by Protium’s own renewable energy (solar and wind) from the local area.
Mauricio Coindreau, head of sustainability and procurement at Budweiser Brewing Group, said: “Sustainability and the wellbeing of our planet are at the core of our business. Innovative energy solutions like hydrogen have huge potential as a key part of our sustainability strategy, helping us significantly reduce our UK carbon footprint.”
He continued: “As a company we are committed to continuously exploring technology that can help us meet our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals, so the key focus of this project is to ensure the efficient operation, application and sustainability advantages of green hydrogen”.
The project is expected to be commercially operational by 2024.
This announcement comes after Budweiser Brewing Group announced that the barley used for its UK-produced beers is now 100% sourced from British farms.
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