Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery situated near Montrose, Scotland, will explore the implementation of hydrogen technologies through a partnership between Locogen and Logan Energy.
Revealed today (Nov 24), the UK Government will additionally support this partnership by providing a £3m ($4m) funding award through the Phase 2 funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Green Distilleries competition.
To achieve the implementation of hydrogen technologies into the distillery, the duo will work with Arbikie to install a 1MW onsite wind turbine and electrolyser that will generate green hydrogen.
Green hydrogen will be created by the electrolyser and a direct pipe will take the stored hydrogen from the storage vessel to the existing plant room.
A burner and boiler compatible with burning hydrogen will then be used to create steam which will deliver the heat for distillation.
The project will showcase the technical feasibility of using hydrogen as an alternative fuel in distillation and other process heat applications and will have enormous replicability across industry whilst acting as a catalyst for creating green hydrogen opportunities in the wider Angus area.
Andy Lyle, CEO of Locogen, said, “This is a fantastic result for Arbikie and presents a great opportunity to demonstrate how distilleries, and the wider process industries, can use new technologies to create cleaner, sustainable businesses.”
Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said, “With the demand to switch to net zero technologies greater than ever, this project is a further example of the innovative ways hydrogen can meet the energy-solution challenges, like commercial heating, faced around the world – starting at home with one of Scotland’s most renowned exports.”
Iain Stirling, Director at Arbikie Distillery, said, “We are delighted to have won through to Phase 2 with Locogen and Logan Energy.
“We aim to be one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries so being able to use green hydrogen power will be another significant step in our sustainable journey.”
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