Maine Beer Company is among the first craft breweries in Maine to implement Chart Industries’ Earthly Labs’ carbon capture technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earthly Labs CiCi® technology allows Maine Beer Company to capture waste CO2 produced during fermentation, purify it and reuse it to carbonate the beer, purge tanks and package beer. This is one of the latest initiatives by Maine Beer Company to enhance efficiency and as their mission highlights, “Do what’s right.”
“One of Maine Beer Company’s core values is to ‘Take care of the Earth and encourage others to do the same,’” said CEO Steve Mills. “CO2 capture is one way we can do this, reducing the invisible CO2 byproduct and reusing it onsite. This investment will reduce greenhouse emissions created by CO2 deliveries, but most importantly, it reduces our carbon footprint.”
The recent Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Climate bill highlights the role carbon capture must play to mitigate climate change. Carbon capture has long been reserved for large-scale brewers, but Earthly Labs has the small-scale technology to make it affordable and achievable for all size businesses. This plug-and-play unit, called CiCi®, will enable Maine Beer Company to capture more than 1,500 trees worth of waste CO2 from the brewing process each year.
“Chart is a leader in carbon capture solutions with a portfolio to address small to large scale emission sources,” said Chart President & CEO Jill Evanko. “Carbon capture is an important investment area for many business leaders on their decarbonization journey, and Chart wants to be the trusted partner delivering innovative solutions that tap our portfolio.”
“We are proud to provide our technology to Maine Beer Company, a customer with a showcase of great beer powered by people committed to taking care of the Earth,” said Earthly Labs CEO Amy George. “CO2 supply chains around the world continue to be challenged due to a turndown of existing production, and a transition to cleaner fuels. CO2 recovery solutions are and will continue to be essential to reducing risk and building a more sustainable brewery.”