Whiskey May Be the Alternative Fuel Source of the Future

Researcher have found a new benefit of whiskey and it has nothing to do with your health. Taking the residue and turning it into a biofuel, they have discovered how to power a vehicle all thanks to the dark liquor. The first successful whiskey-powered car test drive occurred earlier this month in Scotland.

The whiskey biofuel, known as biobutanol, is produced from barley kernels and pot ale – a yeast liquid left after fermentation. This fuel can be used as a direct replacement for gas or diesel without having to make any modifications to the vehicle’s engine.

For those concerned with the vehicle’s performance, the first test drive showed no signs of mechanical problems. In fact, the car drove smoothly and there were no noticeable differences in the operation of the vehicle. This can mean big news for the automotive and whiskey industry.

The team behind the historical test drive was collaboration between Celtic Renewable Ltd. and Tullibardine Distillery. According to the BBC, Scotland’s whiskey industry produces about 750,000 tons of draff, barley kernels, and two billion liters of pot ale on an annual basis. This residue has no beneficial value to the industry, so turning it into fuel not only produces less waste, it also offers a fuel alternative that can have an impact on a global scale.

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Alternative fuel sources have been a big issue in the wake of environmental health. Hybrids and electric vehicles have been sought after thanks to their cleaner means of transportation. Big names like Ford, Honda, and the mother of them all, Tesla, are changing how we commute. Using whiskey as biofuel has the potential to join the list of alternative fuel sources and give the public another option in clean transportation.

By 2019, Celtic Renewable Energy Ltd will have a whiskey biofuel plant up and running thanks to a government grant of 9 million euros. While for now the production will remain in Edinburgh, the company will be targeting other whiskey producing countries like the US and Japan.

While you shouldn’t go dumping your top shelf whiskey into the gas tank, whiskey fueled cars may be our future.

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