Brewery Solar Pilot Solar with Carlsberg Group
Absolicon is planning a solar collector field with Carlsberg Group at the Olympic brewery in Sindos production site, Greece. The collector field, to be installed in early 2022, will be built with patented Absolicon T160 Solar collectors to run the industrial brewing processes.
Absolicon and Carlsberg Group agreed to install renewable solar heat at Olympic brewery in Sidons plant in Greece in early 2022, providing the solar energy to the plant through a heat purchase agreement.
During the one-year pilot, Absolicon and Carlsberg Group will work together to evaluate the potential of Absolicon´s patented solar thermal technology for the Group´s breweries around the world, with the final goal of replacing the use of natural gas with renewable energy sources.
Together Towards ZERO
In line with Carlsberg Group’s ambitious sustainability program “Together Towards ZERO”, the initiative arises from the commitment of the Group in helping mitigate the effects of climate change through the incorporation of renewable energies in its production processes.
One of Carlsberg Group’s main sustainability targets is to achieve zero carbon emissions during the production process by 2030. The Group envisions this initiative to be an example in the brewing industry towards the gradual exemption and reduction of dependence on fossil fuels.
Carlsberg Group aims to replace natural gas and will together with Absolicon evaluate the potential of expanding the use of Absolicon’s patented solar thermal technology to Carlberg Group´s breweries around the world.
Breweries hold a significant advantage to replace fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy using Absolicon solar technology being a very heat-intensive industry, with low-temperature applications dominating the energy demand.
Absolicon T160 Solar collector efficiently produces heat up to 160 °C and steam up to 8 bar for industrial processes, and solar heating can be implemented in multiple stages of the production chain.
Absolicon Technology concentrates the sunlight providing heat and steam for industrial brewery processes such as washing, boiling, mashing, pasteurization, and CIP.
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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.