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Protium, Jericho Energy to decarbonise Bruichladdich distillery with hydrogen technologies

Protium, Jericho Energy to decarbonise Bruichladdich distillery with hydrogen technologies

Protium and Jericho Energy Ventures will look to implement green hydrogen technologies into Bruichladdich distillery in the UK as a means to decarbonise the facilities operations.

Dubbed HyLaddie, the project will navigate the installation of state-of-the-art technology within a fully operational Victorian distillery on the island of Islay, just off Scotland’s west coast.

Using a revolutionary hydrogen technology called a Dynamic Combustion Chamber (DCC), pilot project will see hydrogen used to heat the stills used to create Bruichladdich’s renowned Scotch, as well as their artisanal gin, The Botanist, removing a major contributor to the brand’s overall carbon emissions.

The project will demonstrate the ability to switch from fossil fuels to sustainable hydrogen energy technology and is a vital step towards long term decarbonisation.

Once Phase two is completed, it is envisioned that hydrogen and oxygen will be produced from a larger commercial scale electrolyser situated offsite that will operate alongside a new renewable energy project on the island.

As a certified B Corp, Bruichladdich continually invests in its local community and hopes the project will demonstrate the capability of hydrogen to encourage commercialisation across Islay.

Green hydrogen provides a sustainable solution for the island’s remote location and infrastructure challenges.

Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said, “We’re thrilled to be working together with Bruichladdich, one of our first Scottish clients, to decarbonise their distilling process and introduce hydrogen energy technology to Islay.

“Not only can Bruichladdich and The Botanist implement this technology to act as a beacon for sustainability in the spirits industry, but their deep community ties across Islay present an exciting opportunity to mobilise an entire island as an example for decarbonisation across the globe.”

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