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Scotland is powering cars using whisky


The country that has been synonymous with producing world-class whisky for centuries is now powering cars with its most famous export. Scotland is the first place anywhere on the planet to test a car with a biofuel made from ‘whisky production residues’.

Celtic Renewables, an award-winning spin out from Edinburgh Napier University, has pioneered a process for making the sustainable fuel. And its close partnership with Tullibardine Distillery – in Perthshire – provides the company with the feedstocks it needs.

The biobutanol fuel was used to power a Ford Focus around the Craiglockhart campus at Napier University.

The founder of Celtic Renewables, Professor Martin Tangney said: “This is the first time in history that a car has ever been driven with a biofuel produced from whisky production residues. It is fitting to do this historic drive in Scotland, which is famous not just for its world-renowned whisky but also for being a powerhouse for renewable energy. Celtic Renewables is playing its part in sustainability by taking this initiative from a research project at Edinburgh Napier University to, what we believe will be, a multi-billion-pound global business with the opportunity to turn transport green.”

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