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World's first whisky-based car fuel invented


Posted on Friday, 7 July, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

Could whisky fermentation residue be the key to producing clean fuel ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A company in Edinburgh has developed a new type of car biofuel that is made from whisky residue.
Known as biobutanol, the new fuel is designed to work as a direct replacement to conventional petrol and can even be used in any car without the need for engine modification.

It is made using draff and pot ale, two substances left behind by the whisky fermentation process.
"What we developed was a process to combine the liquid with the solid, and used an entirely different traditional fermentation process called ABE, and it makes the chemical called biobutanol," said Celtic Renewables founder and president Prof Martin Tangney.

"And that is a direct replacement, here and now, for petrol."

With nearly 750,000 tonnes of draff and two billion litres of pot ale being produced by the Scottish whisky industry every year, the new fuel could prove to be both clean and cost effective.

Source: BBC News | Comments (7)


Tags: Whisky, Fuel


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye on 7 July, 2017, 13:50
Well, that's gonna give the Traffic Courts a big headache as well as a whole new definition to driving under the influence ... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 7 July, 2017, 15:24
It doesn't seem to say whether the stuff has any alcohol content, I presume it doesn't, but of course alcohol has long been used as a fuel for things like dragsters and record-breakers - and of course there's already ethanol. This, though, seems a commendable example of recycling. People go on so much about the wonders of electric cars, thanks probably in no small part to that tiresome evangelist Elon Musk, that they tend to forget there's so much research going on into alternative fuels for proper internal combustion engines, and all-battery electric propulsion will never be a realistic propo... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 7 July, 2017, 15:34
How clean is it? Any combustion has a product.
Comment icon #4 Posted by kobolds on 12 July, 2017, 16:59
the trade off is, we will have to drink more whisky
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 13 July, 2017, 2:25
but why ..it is more expensive than gas
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 13 July, 2017, 6:47
Not the stuff they're talking about here, which is a waste product of the production process. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye on 13 July, 2017, 11:29
"Is that whisky I am smelling comin' from ya sonny ?" "Its ain't me Mister Policeman ... I swear its ma' vehicle ... I gots to pour a gallon in it just to get me home ... " "That's a waste of good fine whisky if ya asks me ... " ~  


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