Researchers in Scotland have found a way to turn whiskey byproducts into biofuel

Biofuel researchers at the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland have spent two years creating an alternative fuel source from whiskey — the byproducts of whiskey, that is. This was part of an effort to have biofuels make up 10% of fuel sales in the EU by 2020.

The BBC reports:

"As part of the research, the centre was provided with samples of whisky distilling by-products from Diageo's Glenkinchie Distillery in Edinburgh.

The team focused on the whisky industry to develop biobutanol, the next generation of biofuel which gives 30% more output power than ethanol."

This boozy biofuel is made from the the main byproducts of whiskey: pot ale and draff, which are usually discarded after the distilling process. The whiskey industry produces 420 million gallons of pot ale and 410 million pounds of draff a year, so it looks as if there's plenty to go around.

WWF Scotland's director, Dr Richard Dixon stated,

"Last year the whisky industry published plans to help lower its impacts and it is clear that this scheme could assist them in doing just that.

"Since the whisky industry relies on Scotland's clean environment for its main ingredients it would be great if the industry could help Scotland reduce its emissions from road transport."

This biofuel will reuse waste, benefit the environment by lowering emissions and also help boost Scotland's economy — everybody wins.


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