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Grupo Modelo, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev act on net zero ambition with Absolicon solar heat technology

Absolicon and Grupo Modelo, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, have signed an agreement to start preparations for a first solar heat installation at plants in Mexico.


Absolicon and Cervecería Modelo del Centro, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), have signed an agreement for a first solar heat installation at Grupo Modelo’s newest and most modern plant in Mexico, located in the municipality of Apan, Hidalgo.

A feasibility study made by Absolicon shows that the total potential for solar heat installations at Grupo Modelo facilities in Mexico exceeds 180 000 m2. Initially, a 660 m2 solar collector field will be set up and following an evaluation period, the solar installation will provide the basis to define the scope and detailed design for a potential future expansion.

Cervecería Modelo del Centro is part of the world’s largest brewer AB InBev with a diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands including global brands such as Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois; multi-country brands Beck’s, Castle, Castle Light, Leffe, and Hoegaarden.

The group is committed to reduce up to 25% of its CO2 emissions by 2025 and to achieve net zero across the entire value chain by 2040. Using solar heat energy for a wide range of processing applications provides breweries the possibility of renewable heat at a constant energy price, enabling long term reductions in fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

Absolicon T160 patented technology, has an operational temperature of up to 160°C heat and 8 bar steam. Cervecería Modelo del Centro will pay for the consumed energy through a heat purchase agreement and the solar field is owned and operated by Absolicon. The installation of the solar field will start during 2023.


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