Whisky By Product Powers New Scottish Biofuel Plant

Helius Energy has officially opened its new biomass power plant in Rothes, Scotland. The biomass plant will create energy using by-products from the local distillery that produces the world famous single malt Glenrothes whiskey.

In a formal ceremony the Helius CoRDe Ltd biomass plant, capable of supplying 9,000 homes with clean power, was opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay.

Biomass Power Plant and whisky

A maturation warehouse at the Glenrothes distillery. (image via yvescosentino/Flickr)

The 8.23MW combined heat and power plant was constructed by a consortium of energy and distillery companies, including Rabo Project Equity BV, and the Combination of Rothes Distillers Limited (CoRD). The project cost £60.5 million and will now replace the existing, carbon intensive CoRD plant that currently process all of the waste biomass produced during the distilling process.

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The biomass power plant will produce electricity, heat, and a protein supplement known as Pot Ale Syrup, that can be used as animal feed, all whilst saving around 46,000 tonnes of carbon a year, compared to if a regular coal plant had been used to power the waste processing.

Adrian Bowles , the chief executive officer of Helius Energy, said that, “this is renewable energy in action using innovative technology to provide enough power for 9,000 homes, and produce animal feed using by-products from local whisky distilleries. Projects like these will increasingly form part of the UK energy mix.”

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  • Paul Pringle

    “all whilst saving around 46,000 tonnes of carbon a year, compared to if a regular coal plant had been used” — this tells us nothing without supplementary information of how much a coal plant emits, which is not included. This language of “saving” must be eradicated. It renders the entire article meaningless.