Scotland Solves The Fuel Crisis With Whisky

Tullibardine whiskey barrels

Scotch whisky can do many things: it can make a man (or woman) foolhardy, it can make them brave, it can make them drunk and it can make them appear wise. But until now, it hadn’t been used as a source of fuel.

Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire has launched into  a joint project with a company called Celtic Renewables, affiliated to Napier University in Edinburgh, to work on transforming the waste products from the distillation process into biofuel for cars. Thousands of tonnes of draff (the barley husks left over after fermentation) and pot ales (high-protein residue left inside the tanks) will be treated with special bacteria that will create the fuel. And there’s no shortage of supplies, as more than 90 per cent of the ingredients that go into whisky don’t end up in the bottle.

Professor Martin Tangney, founder of Celtic Renewables,  told Metro that the project will “utilise resources on our doorstep to benefit both the environment and the economy”

He explained that the project, which has received government funding as part of Scotland’s Zero Waste scheme, could eventually turn into a very profitable industry indeed: “Our partnership with Tullibardine is an important step in the development of a business which combines two iconic Scottish industries – whisky and renewables.”

Not to mention drinking and driving (although not at the same time).

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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