Drink if you want to drive

Scottish Boffins have developed a new biofuel mad from the waste of the whisky process. The Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University claim the fuel can be used in ordinary cars without the need for engine adaptation.

The waste products used are pot ale, liquid left in the copper stills, and draff, the spent remains of the grains. These are used to produce the butanol base of the biofuel. For the connoisseurs amongst you, these were provided by Diageo’s Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian.

Professor Martin Tangney, Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, is leading the ground-breaking research.

“The EU has declared that biofuels should account for 10% of total fuel sales by 2020. We’re committed to finding new, innovative renewable energy sources.

 “While some energy companies are growing crops specifically to generate biofuel, we are investigating excess materials such as whisky by-products to develop them.

“This is a more environmentally sustainable option and potentially offers new revenue on the back of one Scotland’s biggest industries. We’ve worked with some of the country’s leading whisky producers to develop the process.”

Professor Martin Tangney

The benefit to the whisky industry is that they can turn a waste cost into an additional revenue stream.

The University intends to take the new fuel to market via a spin out company and make it available at petrol pumps. Which should certainly boost their coffers.

Do you think we will see this on the next series of Dragons Den?

So one day it really could be a case of drink your whisky if you want to be able to drive your car.

It would be nice if our personalised malt whisky would one day help save the planet!

Here is the full press release


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