Scottish start-up to produce biobutanol from whisky byproducts

25 January 2012 12:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A new Scottish company will produce biobutanol from the byproducts of malt whisky production, Celtic Renewables stated during its launch on Wednesday.

The company initially plans to focus on the country’s £4bn ($6.3, €4.8bn) malt whisky industry using the byproducts “pot ale” and “draff” to create biobutanol.

Celtic Renewables stated that the whisky industry produces 1,600m litres of pot ale and 500,000 tonnes of draff every year.

“The Scottish malt whisky industry is a ripe resource for developing biobutanol,” said Professor Martin Tangney, founder of the company and director of the Biofuel Research Centre.

“The pot ale and draff could be converted into biofuel as a direct substitute for fossil-derived fuel, which would reduce oil consumption and C02 emissions.”

Celtic Renewables said that biobutanol has 25% more energy per unit volume than bioethanol.

In addition, the company added that biobutanol can be blended without any modifications in blending facilities, storage tanks or retail forecourts, and can be used in unmodified engines.

($1 = £0.64, €1 = £0.83)

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