OBE for Irish professor who used whisky to fuel cars

Professor Martin Tangney, originally from Cork, has been made an OBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honour’s in recognition of his services to engineering and energy, with his most notable achievement using whisky residue to fuel cars without needing to modify the engine.

A professor at Edinburgh Napier University and an expert in biofuels, last year he oversaw the first successful test drive for a whisky-powered car powered by biobutanol – a direct replacement for petrol. Tangney used draff, the sugar-rich kernels of barley soaked in water to facilitate whisky’s fermentation, and pot ale, the yeasty liquid heated during fermentation, to create the new biofuel.

The Scottish malt whisky industry produces 500,000 tonnes of draff and 1.6bn litres of pot ale each year; only 10% of what flows out of the distillery is future whisky.

Tangney, who is founder and president of biofuel company Celtic Renewables, told the Irish Examiner: “I was actually in London on business when the letter arrived, which my wife opened – and then she had to sit on it for three days before she finally managed to get the right opportunity to sit me down with a bottle of Champagne and show me the letter.

“I can’t overstate how much of an honour this is, and amazingly I find myself in the company of some very great Irish people who have done much more significant things than me.”

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Your email address will not be published.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

Export Manager UK On Trade

AdVini
Home based in London or the South East, GB

Global Head of Marketing

ATOM Brands
Tunbridge Wells, GB

Sales Executive

Three Wine Men
Home-based but must be available to travel throughout the UK with frequent trips to London, GB

Senior Sales Operations Executive

Enotria&Coe
Park Royal, London, GB

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

On Trade & Corporate Accounts Manager

The Champagne Company
Birmingham, UK

Customer Service Assistant

The Champagne Company
Birmingham, UK

Key Account Manager - Distilling Sector - Scotland

Boortmalt
Scotland - call for exact details, UK

UK Brand Ambassador - Ableforth’s

ATOM Brands
Field-based, UK

Wine Sales Consultant

VSF GROUP
Valbonne, South of France, FR

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2018

Deadline : 26th January 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018

Deadline : 23rd February 2018

Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

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

Click to view more