Thanks to new research from Celtic Renewables, whiskey is going to be good for something other than helping you celebrate the New Year.
More specifically, the company is converting waste products that come from producing whiskey into butanol, which could eventually power cars.
As Celtic Renewables’ Founder, Martin Tangney, says, “What we put into the cars is biobutanol. This is a fuel that has been recognized over the last number of years as being a very powerful… substitute for petrol. It has the same energy value. You can use the same existing infrastructure. You don’t need to modify car engines. You can genuinely use it as a replacement.”
Essentially, the company uses bacteria to ferment unused barley and leftover liquids to create the fuel. And it’s hoping to use beer by-products, as well, with the ultimate plan to create a biofuel industry that could churn out 100 million pounds in revenue.