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05 Oct 2009 12:10:41

Distillery uses algae to cut CO2 emissions



Distillery uses algae to cut CO2 emissions
A whisky distillery in Scotland is turning algae into low carbon fuel to cut its emissions.

The Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire is using oil-producing algae in a bid to reduce its impact upon the environment.

Fumes created through whisky production are made into biodiesel by the new system.

A grant from the Shell Springboard award has been used to develop the initiative, which was built by Scottish Bioenergy.

David Van Alstyne, chief executive of Scottish Bioenergy, explained that the technology has progressed quickly.

He said: "A couple of years ago the idea of using algae as carbon recycler sounded absurd but with the support of Shell, Edrington Group and the Scottish Environmental Technology Network we have built Britain's first pilot scale bioreactor."

Glenturret Distillery is the home of the Famous Grouse brand and has been making whisky since 1775.

This year's Shell Springboard awards are offering £40,000 to eight businesses planning to create new energy efficient business plans.

Companies have until November 6th to enter the competition.

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