Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, and green hydrogen energy company Protium announced today a new collaboration for the development of the first large-scale hydrogen generation system at a brewery. The companies are exploring the deployment of zero-emission green hydrogen at Magor brewery in South Wales, one of the UK’s largest breweries.

Hydrogen is viewed as one of the key building blocks of the transition to a cleaner energy future, given its ability to act both as a clean energy carrier and fuel, as well as a CO2-neutral feedstock for the production of green chemicals.

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The planned hydrogen infrastructure is expected to produce more than 20MW of renewable energy and green hydrogen, fueling the brewery’s production and key logistics assets, supporting the brewery’s transition to carbon neutrality.

Chris Jackson, CEO 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, so we’re delighted to be working with a brand that shares our forward-thinking vision. The entire Protium team is thrilled to showcase the potential of green hydrogen and the benefits it can deliver to Budweiser, the local community in Magor, and the environment.”

Budweiser Brewing Group’s existing wind and solar assets on-site will be used to produce the green hydrogen at Protium’s Hydrogen Production facility, which will include a battery, hydrogen storage unit, and a hydrogen refueling station, saving approximately 15,500 tones of CO2 per year from 2027.

The project is expected to be commercially operational by 2024, and it will see one of the first deployments of the hydrogen purchase agreement among both parties.

Mauricio Coindreau, Head of Sustainability and Procurement at Budweiser Brewing Group said:

“Sustainability and the wellbeing of our planet are at the core of our business. Innovative energy solutions like hydrogen have huge potential as a key part of our sustainability strategy, helping us significantly reduce our UK carbon footprint. As a company we are committed to continuously exploring technology that can help us meet our ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, so the key focus of this project is to ensure the efficient operation, application, and sustainability advantages of green hydrogen.”