Brewing giant Budweiser has revealed £ 100million plans to create the UK’s first large-scale green hydrogen-powered brewery at its Magor operation in South Wales.
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, the UK arm of global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, has partnered with green energy company Protium to explore the deployment of zero-emission green hydrogen in the brewery that could generate up to 20 MW renewable energy.
The hydrogen will power the brewery’s production, as well as its main logistics assets, including heavy goods vehicles and forklifts. The use of green hydrogen technology will help provide zero carbon energy and fuel for all of its operations, an important step in turning the brewery to become carbon neutral.
The use of hydrogen powered solutions aims to provide Magor Brewery with clean energy on site, which, if successful, will demonstrate that Budweiser Brewing Group is leading the way to a more sustainable future for all of the world. ‘industry. Globally, AB InBev has set ambitious sustainability goals for 2025, according to which 100% of its electricity in all of its global operations will come from renewable sources.
Budweiser Brewing Group’s existing wind and solar assets currently operated on site will be used to manufacture green hydrogen at Protium’s Hydrogen Production Facility (HPF) adjacent to the brewery. It includes a battery, a hydrogen storage unit and a hydrogen refueling station used for heavy-duty vehicles, saving around 15,500 tonnes of CO2 per year from 2027, which is equivalent to removing around 3,300 cars on UK roads or 12,000 long-haul flights per year. The HPF will also be powered by Protium’s own renewable electricity (solar and wind) from the region.
Budweiser Brewing Group already powers its brewing operations at Magor Brewery with 100% renewable electricity from solar farms and an on-site wind turbine. The brewer is a pioneer in the deployment of sustainable solutions and recognizes that the intermittent nature of renewable electricity, in harmony with hydrogen, creates a complementary, natural and emission-free energy solution for its production and supply chains.
The project, which is expected to be commercially operational by 2024, will see one of the first deployments of the Hydrogen Purchase Agreement (HPA) between the two parties, ultimately creating the first commercial platform for the saving hydrogen using long term zero emissions. make agreements.
Mauricio Coindreau, Head of Sustainability and Purchasing at Budweiser Brewing Group, said: “Sustainability and the well-being of our planet are at the heart of our business. Innovative energy solutions like hydrogen have enormous potential as a key part of our sustainability strategy, helping us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in the UK. As a company, we are committed to continuously exploring technologies that can help us achieve our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals. The main objective of this project is therefore to ensure the efficient operation, application and the sustainability benefits of green hydrogen.
Chris Jackson, Managing Director of Protium, said: “Green Hydrogen is a truly exciting opportunity for the global energy sector and the UK economy as a whole, with various energy leaders and environmentalists supporting its deployment, we are therefore delighted to work with a brand that shares our avant-garde vision. The entire Protium team is excited to showcase the potential of green hydrogen and the benefits it can bring to Budweiser, the local Magor community and the environment.
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: “I am very happy this project is taking place right here in Wales. Tackling climate change is a priority for the Welsh government and this project at a major employer in the sector will be important to our efforts. It also has the potential to create new jobs and exciting opportunities in the region for years to come. “