It is well known that alcohol and cars don’t make a good combination… until recently
An outrageous experiment conducted by a Scottish scientist who drove a bio fuel powered vehicle, obtained from the remains of a whiskey distillation process turned into a scientific breakthrough.
The fuel produced by the Celtic Renewables in Edinburgh, a company determined to produce biofuel from malt – barley grains soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process in the whiskey production – and swill, the liquid that remains after distillation.
The process originally conceived in the UK at the beginning of the last century was used to produce acetone for the explosives used in the World War I, gradually abolished in the 1960’s because of the tough competition in the petrochemical industry.
Celtic Renewables President Martin Tangney said in 2015 that he wants to resume the process in a modern context that allows everyone to use the remains generated by the whiskey industry to create a fuel source that contributes to a low-carbon future.
Celtic Renewables produced the first samples of bio-butanol fuel with the remains of a whiskey production in February 2015, according to the BBC.
Last week, Martin Tangney, who is also the director of the Biofuel Research Center at Napier University in Edinburgh, demonstrated his efficiency by driving a leased car powered by the innovative “whiskey” fuel.
Compared to other biofuels, Butanol has the advantage that it can be blended with up to 15% gasoline without requiring engine modifications.
With the help of several million pounds of funding support from the Scottish government and other investors, the company plans to open a factory in 2018 to produce 500.000 liters of fuel per year, Reuters writes.