IEA SHC Solar Award for Green Brewery Göss

13.06.2016
Andreas Werner, Master Brewer of Green Brewery Göss (fourth from left) received the IEA SHC Solar Award at Gleisdorf Solar 2016 in Austria from Ken Guthrie, Chairman of IEA SHC (third from left). (Photo: IEA SHC)
Andreas Werner, Master Brewer of Green Brewery Göss (fourth from left) received the IEA SHC Solar Award at Gleisdorf Solar 2016 in Austria from Ken Guthrie, Chairman of IEA SHC (third from left). (Photo: IEA SHC)

The Austrian Green Brewery Göss won the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) Solar Award for applying solar thermal to produce their product.

The IEA SHC Solar Award is given to an individual, company, or private/public institution that has shown outstanding leadership or achievements in the field of solar heating and cooling, and that supports the work of the IEA SHC. With this year’s award, the IEA SHC recognizes not only a company applying solar thermal to produce a product, but also a company that runs a 100 % renewable energy production process.

Brewery Göss has taken the decision to use renewable energy for all its processes and solar thermal is contributing to the brewery’s CO2 emissions-free manufacturing. A large solar thermal collector array of just over 1,500 m2 supports the mashing process to produce over 1 million hl of its solar brewed beer. Close to 40 % of the brewery’s heat requirement is met from waste heat discharged from the neighbouring Mayr Melnhof sawmill, and 90 % of the waste heat generated in the brewing process is used to heat water.

In addition, a new type of boiling system used during the brewing process helps to save electricity and water. The energy generated from brewery residues is used to generate steam and any excess volumes converted into electricity. And, the residue from the fermentation process is used as a high-quality fertilizer.

Green Brewery Göss belongs to Brau Union Austria that has been a part of the international Heineken Family since 2003.

The Master Brewer Andreas Werner received the award on behalf of the brewery at Gleisdorf Solar 2016 in Austria. “This year’s SHC Solar Award recognizes a private sector company that is contributing to the expansion and improvement of solar thermal technology through the application in their business. The recipient, Green Brewery Göss, is a corporate leader, showing the world what is possible”, commented Ken Guthrie, Chairman of IEA SHC.

Silke Funke / IEA SHC

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