Brewery solar pilot with AB InBev
Absolicon is making a solar collector installation at Maputo Brewery in Mozambique, providing industrial heat for bottle cleaning and reducing the company’s heat-related carbon dioxide emissions.
Committed to reducing CO2
AB InBev is committed to reducing CO2 emissions up to 25 % across the entire value chain by 2025.
AB InBev is the world’s largest brewer with a diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois; multi-country brands Beck’s, Castle, Castle Light, Leffe, and Hoegaarden.
AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator
Absolicon’s technology is part of AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator initiative, where carbon reduction is one of six designated focus areas. Out of over a thousand applications, Absolicon technology provided by partner GreenLine Africa was selected as part of the initiative. Each company qualified gets $100,000 (approximately SEK 1 million) for pilot projects.
As part of the initiative, Absolicon is making a solar collector installation at Maputo Brewery in Mozambique, providing heat for bottle cleaning and reducing the company’s heat-related carbon dioxide emissions.
After evaluating the pilot solar collector´s field in Maputo Brewery, the next stage is a solar heating system of just over 20,000 sqm with the capacity to save 6,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Solar solutions for beverage production
The brewery industry is one of the most suitable sectors to utilize solar thermal heat.
Beverage production consumes substantial amounts of energy, most of it as low to medium temperature heat. This, in combination with the fact that production peaks during the sunniest months of the year, makes breweries and beverage plants perfect for solar thermal energy.
Brewery processes requiring heat include mashing, pasteurization, bottle washing, and cleaning in place, cooling, preheating of boiler feedwater.