Scotch Distillery Uses Booze To Power Trucks

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Can a Tesla do this? No way.

The future of mass transportation powertrain technology will be either battery-electric or fuel cells. Internal combustion is on its way out. It's just how it is. Not everyone is in a rush to see this drastic change take place and that's where some, shall we say, creative solutions are being found to help reduce C02 emissions. Scotch whisky company Glenfiddich hasn't placed orders for the Tesla Semi truck or Rivian's upcoming delivery van. Its employees probably don't even drive EVs like a Model 3.

Instead, the distillery has already converted three delivery trucks to run on low-emissions biogas made from - you guessed it - waste products from its own distilling process.

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Per Reuters, Glenfiddich has even installed fueling stations at its distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Its parent company, William Grant & Sons, developed the new tech that converts production waste and residues into something of actual value: Ultra-Low Carbon Fuel. This type of gas produces very little C02 and emissions in general.

Instead of selling spent grains from the malting process that ends up becoming Scotch whisky for cattle feed, those grains can be turned into fuel. Thanks to a bacteria breakdown process called anaerobic digestion that turns organic matter into biogas, the resulting liquid waste is used to make fuel. The goal is to recycle all of its products with this method.

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Glenfiddich estimates the biogas cuts C02 emissions by over 95 percent compared to diesel and other fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions and other environmentally unfriendly particles are cut by up to 99 percent.

All told, each of these converted trucks will displace 250 tons of C02 every year. The distillery has a total of 20 trucks in its fleet and chances are all will be converted shortly as part of its goal of hitting carbon net-zero by 2040.

Creative alternatives to long-running production processes like this can not only help towards a healthier environment but also help companies actually save money. In this case, why buy fuel when you can make your own? That's something everyone can agree on.

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Source Credits: Reuters

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