WhiskHy project receives government funding to support hydrogen’s integration into the whiskey industry

WhiskHy project receives government funding to support hydrogen’s integration into the whiskey industry

Hydrogen is widely recognised as a diverse, zero-emission energy carrier that can support net zero targets and, with that, a new consortium aiming to implement hydrogen into whiskey making has been awarded £2.94m.

Revealed today (Nov 24), the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will provide the funds to enable the consortium to scale up the hydrogen-based technology and conduct hydrogen trials at Beam Suntory’s Glen Garioch distillery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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Over the course of the 21-month project, Supercritical will advance its technology and complete an industrial hydrogen trial at Beam Suntory’s Glen Garioch distillery to produce circa 57,000 bottles of hydrogen-distilled whisky.

Supercritical, leader of the consortium, said that these bottles will represent the first hydrogen fired bottles of whisky ever created at industrial scale.

The quality of the spirit will be assessed by Beam Suntory’s experts over the course of the project and beyond as the unique spirit matures, with finished product ready to be responsibly enjoyed sometime after 2025.

With the funding, Supercritical plans to double the size of its team, providing skilled jobs and developing expertise in the UK’s green hydrogen sector.

Valuable supply chain contribution across the UK has been identified and work has either started or will be commencing imminently with multiple product and service providers.

Matt Bird, CEO at Supercritical, said, “Supercritical is thriving in today’s drive to decarbonise and leading the transition for change in the UK’s clean-tech sector.

“We welcome this continued support to bring our next generation electrolysis technology to the next level to help decarbonise the whisky sector in the UK, and look forward to the export opportunities that it will facilitate in zero-emission whisky as well as electrolyser technology.”

Alistair Longwell, Senior Manager of Scotch Distillation & Maturation Operations at Beam Suntory, said, “We are very pleased to extend and expand upon our partnership with Supercritical, and we are looking forward to hosting these industrial trials at our Glen Garioch distillery.

“Innovative technologies like Project WhiskHy will be critical in securing a green future for our industry, and for our planet, and we’re proud to play a role in making this green future a reality, in line with our Proof Positive commitments.”

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