Helius Energy plc and The Combination of Rothes Distillers Limited (CoRD) are planning to change the fuel for the power plant in Speyside, Scotland. The interesting thing is that they will change the “traditional” fuel to products resulted from whiskey producing process, in order to reduce the carbon emissions.
The CHP unit will use a combination of distillery co-products and wood chips of which they intend to produce 7.2 megawatts of electricity. Their plan also includes building a new factory, which will transform Pot Ale (the liquid co-product of whiskey production) into a concentrated organic fertilizer that could be used by local farmers.
The 2 aspects this plan works with are:
1. It will generate renewable power
2. It will secure additional markets for distilleries products, thus making the malt whiskey more sustainable in Speyside.
The investment is about 48.2 million dollars and it will take 18-24 months to make it work. The project was award winner of the “Best Environmental Initiative Award” at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2008 in December.