18 Feb 2009 05:02:03
CO2 into biodiesel project wins prize
A company aiming to turn carbon dioxide emissions into renewable oil has been awarded a Climate Change Innovation prize.
Scottish Bioenergy Cooperative Ventures has won £40,000 from Shell Springboard for a project using carbon dioxide emitted by a distillery to create fuel.
The company has set up a small-scale trial algae bioreactor at Glenturret Distillery through which captured carbon is percolated to produce oils and proteins which are then used as fuel.
David Van Alstyne from the company said: "The UK has a large number of brewers and distillers who use heavy oil in the production of alcohol and who are seeking new methods to reduce their CO2 output.
"One distiller burning over 200 tonnes of oil per day at a single facility equates to over 500 tonnes of CO2 output. Our technology would reduce the CO2 emissions whilst creating useful and sellable biodiesel."
Scottish distilleries have been active in harnessing their waste, with Diageo working on a project to use by-products of distillation to make biogas and biomass fuel sources.
Meanwhile, E.on, Scottish Power and Peel Energy are bidding to build a carbon capture and storage demonstration plant in the UK. http://www.scottishbioenergy.co.uk/projects