World's first whisky-powered vehicle driven in Scotland

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 8, 2017

Biobutanol is meant to be a replacement for petrol and diesel and vehicles do not have to be modified to use it.

It is made from residue that is of absolutely no use to the whiskey industry: draff (kernels of barley) and pot ale (a yeasty liquid resulting from fermentation).

The world's first vehicle running on a biofuel made from whisky residue has had its first successful test drive in Scotland.

One company in Scotland is today claiming it has developed a boozy biofuel that is better for the environment than petrol or diesel alternatives.

And it can be used in cars without the need for engine modification.

And its creators believe the groundbreaking process could "revolutionise" sustainable transport.

Founder Martin Tangney said the byproducts were of no value to the whisky industry.

"And it makes this chemical, which is called biobutanol, and that's a direct replacement here and now for petrol". "It is fitting to do this historic drive in Scotland, which is famous not just for its world-renowned whisky but also for being a powerhouse for renewable energy".

Lisa Summers, a reporter for BBC Scotland, got to drive the whiskey-fueled auto on its inaugural journey and reported that there was no noticeable difference between it and a normal gas- or diesel-driven vehicle.

Working with Perthshire's Tullibardine Distillery, Celtic Renewables Ltd. of Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland has created a biofuel called biobutanol.

Tullibardine distillery manager John Torrance added: "Right from the outset when Celtic Renewables approached us we could see the game-changing potential of a new fuel created from our by-products".

The Edinburgh-based company recently received a £9m government grant to build a commercial demonstrator plant in Grangemouth, near Falkirk, that would be fully operational by 2019.

It also planned to target other whisky-producing countries, such as Japan, India and the US.

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