The Young Henrys Algae Project Takes Another Leap Forward

November 10, 2023, by Media Release

The Young Henrys Algae Project Takes Another Leap Forward

Young Henrys' Algae Project has grown once again, with the Newtown brewery adding carbon capture technology to allow them to reuse CO2 in their brewhouse. 

You can read more about the algae initiative here and find out the latest via the media release below. 

Young Henrys Brewery Become The First To Combine Algae and Chart Industries' Earthly Labs CO2 Capture Technology

Inner West brewing juggernauts, Young Henrys, today continue their mission to “drink beer, save the world” with further advancements to The Algae Project. 

This week, Young Henrys adds Chart Industries’ Earthly Lab’s CiCi carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology to their existing efforts to capture CO2 with algae bioreactors in the brewery, reducing their total CO2 footprint even further and harnessing CO2, a key resource used in breweries. This first-of-a-kind combination not only cuts down on CO2 in the atmosphere but also turns it into two important things: gas for the brewery and food for algae. Collaborating with the University of Australia (UTS) lab, Young Henrys has found a way to use their CO2-rich algae as a feed supplement by combining it with spent grain. This special feed can be given to livestock, helping to reduce methane emissions. Continuing to brew for the greater good, Young Henrys innovative CO2 capture portfolio approach can be scaled throughout Australia and taken globally.

“Chart’s Earthly Labs CO2 capture technology adds to Young Henrys’ portfolio and vision of a carbon-positive brewery making ‘good beer’,” said Richard Adamson. “From inception, we wanted to be an innovative showcase for sustainability in all we did. Our carbon capture efforts are first of a kind for the world, reducing our emissions and our costs.” 

Young Henrys brewery captures thousands of pounds of CO2 each month, largely using it to offset all of the CO2 consumption used to purge the tanks. The 400-litre algae bioreactor installed in the brewery produces as much oxygen as one hectare of Australian forest. The UTS lab is working with Young Henrys to explore ways to scale up microalgae production, all while ensuring the well-being of precious livestock.

“Young Henrys is at the forefront of innovation in carbon capture for the brewing industry,” said Earthly Labs President Amy George. “Earthly Labs is thrilled to work with them to convert CO2 to bioproducts that further reduce greenhouse gases and serve as a beacon for the world.”  

Carbon capture innovation has long been reserved for large-scale projects, but Young Henrys and Earthly Labs has provided small-scale technology to make it affordable and achievable for all-size businesses. The CiCi (Oak) system is the size of a refrigerator, and offers easy installation and remote monitoring and service. 

“We are excited by the $1 billion plus market opportunity in Australia for carbon capture and look forward to supporting our customers with additional solutions from our Chart Nexus of Clean™ menu,” said Jill Evanko, Chart’s president and CEO.

With a massive commitment to serving the community, Young Henrys once again prove that they are paving the way to creating better brewing practices thanks to the progression of The Algae Project. Further cementing themselves as leaders in the field, Young Henrys hopes to continue the tireless work alongside their dedicated partners, and hope to share their pioneering Algae Project with other breweries in the future. 

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