Whiskey As Fuel? Glenfiddich Gets Down With Running Trucks On Biogas Made From Liquor Waste

It is a road-ready product. Glenfiddich, a famous Scotch whiskey brand, has begun using biogas made from whiskey waste to power its delivery trucks. Intriguing is also the company's claim that this technology can reduce vehicle pollution and CO2 emissions by up to 95 per cent. 


Glenfiddich has already modified these biogas-powered delivery trucks. A "closed-loop" sustainability project is behind this effort. In northeastern Scotland, at the company's Dufftown Distillery, the fuel station is located.


As compared to diesel and other fossil fuels, Glenfiditch says biogas made from whiskey waste reduces CO2 emissions by more than 95 cents per cent. In addition, it claims to reduce up to 99 per cent of the number of toxins in the body.

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According to the company, a minimum of three delivery trucks are powered by biogas fuel made from whiskey waste. Liquefied natural gas is the fuel of choice for trucks modified by Iveco, a commercial vehicle manufacturer. As many as 250 tons of CO2 are emitted by each truck each year.


To convert its production waste and residues into ultra-low carbon fuel (ULCF) gas, the parent company William Grant & Sons developed this technology. As a result, it is now possible for the distillery to recycle all of its waste and generate fuel. Director of the family-owned distillery William Grant & Sons says the project was inspired by a question: "What can we do better for all of us?"


A fleet of about 20 trucks at Glenfiddich is currently using this technology, with plans to expand it to other trucks in the future.


In a "closed-loop" sustainability initiative, Glenfiddich is converting its delivery trucks to run on low-emission biogas made from waste products from its whiskey distilling process.


This technology was developed by Glenfiddich's parent company, William Grant & Sons, to convert production waste and residue into ultra-low carbon fuel (ULCF).


Historically, Glenfiddich has sold grain leftover from the malting process to feed high-protein cattle, said Stuart Watts, distillery director for William Grant & Sons.


In which bacteria break down organic matter into biogas, anaerobic digestion allows the distillery to use liquid waste as fuel and eventually recycle all of its waste products in this way.


Watts said he asked himself, "What can we do that is better for us all?"


It sells more than 14 million bottles of single malt whiskey a year. According to Glenfiddich, three specially converted trucks that move Glenfiddich spirits out of production in Dufftown are already powered by whiskey waste-based biogas. In the bottling and packaging process, four William Grant covers are used.


Diesel and other fossil fuels emit more than 95 per cent less CO2 when using biogas, while harmful particulate emissions are reduced by up to 99 per cent.


Glenfiddich's trucks are converted trucks that typically run on liquefied natural gas, according to the company.


Glenfiddich uses a fleet of about 20 trucks, and the technology could applied to William Grant & Son's whiskey brands and other company trucks, said Watts.


According to the Scottish Whisky Association, Scotland's whiskey industry is expected to achieve a net-zero carbon target by 2040.