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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:57 am 
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I'm not to sure how I feel about this!


Wednesday August 18 2010

AN Irish scientist has given new meaning to 'getting tanked up' and 'drink driving' after perfecting a green way to fuel cars with Scotch.

While it's a far cry from rocket fuel at this stage, the biofuel made from the by-products of Scotch whisky distillation is just as effective as normal petrol and just as easy on the engine, which requires no modifications.

Professor Martin Tangney (45) from Macroom, Co Cork, has been working with some of Scotland's largest whisky producers at the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University to turn the by-products of distillation into fuel.

Whether it's single malt, single grain, blended, smoke or peat-flavoured Scotch, the end result is the same: a clean, carbon-neutral fuel that can be blended with regular petrol to run an engine.

While whisky purists may gasp at the thought of a dram of Glenkinchie, Tullibardine or Benromach going down someone's petrol tank, Prof Tangney can assure them that not one drop of the liquid gold will ever be wasted making his biobutanol.

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Whisky was chosen as the main ingredient in Prof Tangney's two-year-long research project because Scotch malt distillation is one of Scotland's largest industries, worth around €5bn.

It uses the two main by-products of the whisky production process -- 'pot ale', the liquid from the copper stills, and 'draff', the spent grains -- as the basis for the butanol that can then be used as fuel.

"While some energy companies are growing crops specifically to generate biofuel, we are investigating excess materials such as whisky by-products," he said.

"This is a more environmentally sustainable option and potentially offers new revenue on the back of one Scotland and Ireland's biggest industries. We've worked with some of the leading whisky producers to develop the process."

He has patented the process and is currently working with drinks giant Diageo -- which owns the Guinness brand -- to look at future partnerships with the oil industry to develop the fuel as an alternative to petrol.

Talks are already under way with major oil companies, he added.

- Allison Bray

Irish Independent


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:34 pm 
it's not actually whisky they are using it's the byproducts from the whisky making process.
so nothing funky to drink is wasted. :saltire:


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It's been done in Mexico (more or less) since the 1960s, where they use alcohol made from sugar cane to fuel cars.

Maybe this will stave off the job loss from minimum pricing plans and extortionate prices for whisky.

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whisky in the car


Wheres Thin Lizzy when you need them...


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good one mr miles :lol:

so long as they're no using ledaig, but aye - i thought it had been on the go for a while now as mentioned - but looks like it's the by product that's being used?

the scottish whiskey industry is 'britains' second biggest earner at 7.75 million / day - you would think that the fekkers would be more gratefull and cut us some slack :lol:

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it's good to see that the irish have got an inventive streek also.

sorry mr connolly - i'm by no means big headed about our achievemants but the scots invented nearly everything, the most famous soldiers alongside the greeks andgood people - the only reason i mention that is because we are the scum of europe (according to our controllers) and we don't have a voice - but yeah, we are different from everyone else.!

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It's always intrigued me that Scotland, that is rich in coal, uses peat in their Whisky process, :lager: whilst Ireland, that is rich in peat, use coal to produce their Whiskey. :booze: Why is this?

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