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22 October 2011 @ 08:15 am
Drink More Whisky. Save The Earth.  
According to this article from The Guardian, it seems that by-products from distilling process could be used to power cars and even aviation. Using samples from the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have developed a method of producing biofuel from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – "pot ale", the liquid from the copper stills, and "draff", the spent grains.

Copious quantities of both waste products are produced by the £4bn whisky industry each year, and the scientists say there is real potential for the biofuel, to be available at local garage forecourts alongside traditional fuels. It can be used in conventional cars without adapting their engines. The team also said it could be used to fuel planes and as the basis for chemicals such as acetone, an important solvent.

Read on. There's no extra crops grown like for ethanol, and this biofuel has 30% more power output. Drink up!
Staxstaxxy on October 22nd, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Leave it to the Scots to find a way to make whiskey an even better idea.