The world’s first automotive working on a biofuel constituted of whisky residue has had its first profitable take a look at drive.
The gasoline, known as biobutanol, is designed as a direct substitute for petrol and diesel and doesn’t want the automotive to have its engine modified.
It’s constituted of kernels of barley known as draff, and pot ale – a yeasty liquid left over from fermentation.
BBC Scotland reporter Lisa Summers was behind the wheel for the automotive’s first-ever journey utilizing the whisky biofuel.
She mentioned the automotive felt clean on the brief drive – and didn’t discover any distinction from a petroleum or diesel-fuelled car.
Whereas there’s a push for main automotive producers to decide to electrical automobiles, biobutanol is seen by its inventors as a substitute which might energy the car with out the necessity to modify its engine.
It was created by Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spinout firm from Edinburgh Napier College, which labored with Perthshire’s Tullibardine Distillery on the mission.
Nearly 750,000 tonnes of draff and two billion litres of pot ale are produced by the malt whisky business in Scotland yearly.
Celtic Renewables founder and president Prof Martin Tangney mentioned the residue was of no worth by any means to the whisky business.
He added: “What we developed was a course of to mix the liquid with the stable, and used a completely totally different conventional fermentation course of known as ABE, and it makes the chemical known as biobutanol.
“And that could be a direct substitute, right here and now, for petrol”.
He added: “That is the primary time in historical past automotive has ever been pushed with a biofuel produced from whisky manufacturing residues.
“It’s becoming to do that historic drive in Scotland, which is legendary not only for its world-renowned whisky but additionally for being a powerhouse for renewable vitality.”
The Edinburgh-based firm not too long ago obtained a £9m authorities grant to construct a industrial demonstrator plant in Grangemouth, close to Falkirk, that might be totally operational by 2019.
It believes its whisky biofuel has large world potential, and will create an business in Scotland value £100m.
However it is going to even be concentrating on different whisky-producing nations, resembling Japan, India and the US.