Budweiser turns to hydrogen as part of plans to become carbon neutral


Budweiser Brewing Group has linked up with Protium to explore the deployment of green hydrogen at its Magor brewery in South Wales – one of the largest breweries in the UK.

On 19 October, Budweiser outlined how the project would see the first large-scale hydrogen generation system at a brewery built, producing more than 20MW of renewable energy and green hydrogen, marking an important step in the brewery becoming carbon neutral. The hydrogen itself would be used to fuel production and key logistics assets, namely HGVs and forklift trucks.

It already has wind and solar assets operating onsite, which would be used to produce the hydrogen at Protium’s facility adjacent to the brewery, alongside Protium’s own renewable power from the local area. It will include a battery, hydrogen storage unit and a hydrogen refuelling station for HGVs, saving around 15,500 tonnes of CO2e from 2027.

The project is set to be commercially operational from 2024 and will be one of the first deployments of the hydrogen purchase agreement (HPA) between both parties, creating the first commercial platform for the hydrogen economy by using long-term, zero emissions off-take agreements.