Scotch whisky leftovers could be used to fuel our cars following government grant

Scotch whisky leftovers could be used to fuel our cars following government grant

Scotch whisky leftovers could be used to fuel our cars following government grant

A Scottish company which turns leftovers from whisky production into biofuel has been awarded an £11 million government grant in a bid to develop greener fuel technology and boost local industry.

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables takes by-products from the Scottish whisky industry such as barley and pot ale. By applying a different fermentation process, the company says it can produce bio-butanol – which can be used as a direct replacement for petrol.

A further £11 million of funding is being given to Advanced Plasma Power, in Swindon, to help develop biofuels from ordinary household waste – while £3 million is being awarded to Nova Pangaea Technologies, in Tees Valley, to make biofuels from forestry waste.

The government says the grants will go towards making 3 million litres of biofuel by 2018, and 5,000 new jobs by 2030.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Biofuels have an important role to play in keeping Britain moving forward in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. This £25 million is not only a vital investment in technology that will help secure a greener future but will also support the creation of thousands of jobs.

“Advanced biofuels have the potential to save at least 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent fossil fuel. The three successful bids show how the government is investing in transport and making better, clean journeys.”

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