Tullibardine signs deal to turn waste into fuel

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Tullibardine Distillery has signed a deal with a biofuel company to become the first whisky distillery in the world to have its by-products turned into fuel capable of powering petrol or diesel vehicles.

They have signed a memorandum of understanding with Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spin-out company from the Biofuel Research Centre (BfRC) at Edinburgh Napier University, who were formed to commercialise the process of producing biobutanol from the by-products of whisky production.

Annually Tullibardine produces some 6,500 tonnes of draff (solid waste) and 2 million of litres of pot ale. These are currently spread on agricultural fields, turned into animal feed or safely discharged into the sea under license, costing the distillery a quarter of a million pounds each year.

Douglas Ross, the managing director of Tullibardine, said in a media release: “We are delighted to be partnering Celtic Renewables in this innovative venture, the obvious benefits of which are environmental. It takes a cost to us and turns it into something that has social as well as commercial value.”

The project has the support of ministers who believe it can contribute to the Scottish Government’s carbon reduction targets and is being funded with the help of a £155,000 grant from Zero Waste Scotland.

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