Whisky-made biofuel could power cars

1st August, 2014 by Lauren Eads

A Scottish biofuel company is working toward producing a fuel made from the bi-products of whisky production, capable of powering vehicles.

whisky1Celtic Renewables teamed up with Europe’s largest biotechnology pilot facility in Belgium, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, earlier this year with the aim of scaling up production of its biofuel made from whisky-making bi-products, as reported by the Poughkeepsie Journal. 

Biobutanol is made from a combination of draff – the sugar-rich kernals of barley left, and pot ale, the yeasty liquid heated during distillation and has the potential to replace petrol and diesel.

Last month the company was given funding by the UK Government to, in the words of energy minister Michael Fallon, “use the by-products of Scotland’s finest export to power vehicles”, prompting thought of whisky fuelled vehicles, as reported by The Telegraph. 

Every year the Scotch whisky trade produces producing 1.6 billion litres of pot ale and 500,000 tons of draff, making it a rip resource for bio fuel production.

Celtic Renewables hope to use the Belgian facility to produce the world’s first industrial samples of vehicle fuel made from whisky production residues.

If successful, the project could see Scotland’s whisky industry help kickstart a new industry in fuel production, without the need for fossil fuels.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, GB

Brand Ambassador East Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
New York - field-based, USA

Brand Ambassador West Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
San Francisco / Los Angeles - field-based, USA

Global Travel Retail Manager

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Portfolio Ambassador - Europe

Maverick Drinks
North West Europe - field-based, UK

Senior Partner Manager - Grocery

Maverick Drinks
London/Field Based, UK

Sales Executive

Woolf Sung Ltd
London

Trade Marketing Manager - Maverick Drinks

Maverick Drinks
London / Kent

Business Development Executive Central London

William Grant & Sons UK
London

PR & Communications Officer - Atom Group

ATOM Supplies Limited
London, UK

Crus Bourgeois du Médoc 2015 Official Selection Tasting

London,United Kingdom
21st Sep 2017

The City Wine Show

London,United Kingdom
22nd Sep 2017

Almaviva 2015 Vintage and Vertical Tasting

London,United Kingdom
28th Sep 2017
Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

Click to view more

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

Click to view more