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Post date: 05/04/2012 - 06:39

Heinken Goes Solar

BusinessNewsHeineken Breweries Go Solar
Heineken Breweries Go Solar
03 May 2012

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Heinken's solar installations on four of its breweries is cuttiing costs, reducing carbon and helping the company achieve its sustainability goals.

At the Heineken brewery in Göss, Austria, solar panels will heat malt and water, contributing roughly 18% of the energy requirement of the initial mashing process. The Göss brewery already derives 35% of its energy needs from district heating from the nearby sawmill that produces hot water for heating, using wood chips. The sawmill burns woodchips and supplies the steam via a pipeline to the brewery.

BusinessNewsHeineken Breweries Go Solar
Heineken Breweries Go Solar
03 May 2012

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Heinken's solar installations on four of its breweries is cuttiing costs, reducing carbon and helping the company achieve its sustainability goals.

At the Heineken brewery in Göss, Austria, solar panels will heat malt and water, contributing roughly 18% of the energy requirement of the initial mashing process. The Göss brewery already derives 35% of its energy needs from district heating from the nearby sawmill that produces hot water for heating, using wood chips. The sawmill burns woodchips and supplies the steam via a pipeline to the brewery.

The other two projects are at the Valencia brewery in Spain and in Vialonga, Portugal. In Belgium, the solar power installation at the Alken-Maes brewery became operational in 2011. Owned by Solar Access, it is the largest solar energy installation on a brewery in Europe and includes 6000 solar panels. The installation supplies approximately 12% of the brewery’s electrical energy requirements or the same amount of energy consumed by 440 European families on a yearly basis. The panels are supported by an innovative aerodynamic mounting system, the Solar-Access Frame. The solar installation, combined with co-generation equipment installed in 2010, means that the brewery now sources 20% of its energy requirements from non-fossil, renewable sources.