UK Government invests £11.3m to decarbonise whiskey distilleries using hydrogen

UK Government invests £11.3m to decarbonise whiskey distilleries using hydrogen

With hydrogen becoming more broadly used within the UK, the Government has invested £11.3m ($14m) to implement hydrogen technologies to decarbonise the whiskey distilling sector.

Revealed on Wednesday (Nov 24), both hydrogen and biogas will be used within the distillery sector, the investment will support the greener production in distilleries with four projects receiving a part of the funding.

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From the funds, an allocation will be given to Protium Green Solutions who are developing a system that uses hydrogen as a fuel source rather than oil in whisky production at the Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay.

As well as this, Locogen, whose project will be based at the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery in Inverkeilo near Arbroath, will develop and install a green hydrogen energy system at the distillery, comprising a wind turbine, electrolyser, hydrogen storage and hydrogen boiler system.

The final hydrogen related project to receive a share of this funding is Supercritical Solutions, a clean-tech start-up business who are developing the world’s first high-pressure ultra-efficient electrolyser to generate green hydrogen as a feedstock for the distilling process.

This will see the company working with Beam Suntory at their Glen Garioch distillery in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire.

Greg Hands, Energy Minister of the Uk Government, said, “From London to Livingston, the UK is home to some of the world’s best-loved drinks and the Green Distilleries Competition is supporting producers in this iconic industry to go further and faster in cutting carbon emissions as we build back greener.

“We have been at the forefront of the push to tackle climate change at the COP26 summit in Glasgow and today’s announcement is a key part of that.

“UK industry continues to lead the world in its innovation and commitment to meeting the challenges of tackling climate change head on. That’s certainly something worth raising a toast to.”

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