Brewery pilot with AB InBev
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.
Photo: AB InBevAbsolicon’s technology is part of the 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 smaller solar collector 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.
Committed to reduce CO2
AB InBev is the worlds 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 is committed to reduce the CO2 emissions up to 25 % across the entire value chain by Year 2025.
Solar solutions for brewing
Brewery industry is one of the most suitable sectors to utilize the solar thermal heat. Breweries requires most of their thermal energy with temperature below 120˚C. Absolicon solar collector can efficiently produce heat up to 160˚C or steam up to 8 bar, and can support a large fraction of brewery heat demand. Processes for heat demand includes mashing, pasteurization, bottle washing and cleaning in place.