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22 Jan 2009 05:01:05

Whisky waste to be used with biomass in CHP



Whisky waste to be used with biomass in CHP
Whisky producers and a renewable energy firm have received planning permission to build a combined heat and power (CHP) facility in Speyside.

The 7.2 megawatt CHP will be developed by Helius Energy and will run on a combination of woodchip and waste from the distillation process.

As part of the £35 million investment the company will also build a facility to turn so-called 'pot ale' – a waste liquid – into concentrated organic fertiliser.

The project, which is a collaboration between Helius Energy and the Combination of Rothes Distillers (CoRD), won the Best Environmental Initiative Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in December of last year.

Frank Burns, general manager of CoRD, said: "This is exciting news and allows us to proceed with this innovative project. Not only will it generate renewable heat and power, but it secures additional markets for our distillery co-products and helps to ensure the sustainability of malt whisky distilling on Speyside."

Diageo also has plans to turn whisky distillery co-production into power.

Its plant at the Cameronbridge distillery will use anaerobic digestion to create gas that can be burned to generate heat and electricity.
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