24 May '11, 11am

Whisky industry toasts ground breaking for pioneering green energy plant

The construction of the world's first biomass energy plant to be powered by whisky distillery by-products gets underway today in what is being hailed as a major breakthrough for Scotland's historic drinks industry. The ground breaking for the £60.5m facility in Speyside will be undertaken by Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, who said that the new plant underlined the industry's commitment to investing in low carbon energy sources. FURTHER READING Helius toasts £61m funding for whisky-fuelled power plant Scientists brew up powerful whisky biofuel "In 2009 the industry made a commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy," he said. "The project shows how we can create a virtuous circle within the Scotch whisky production process." The facility is being developed by Helius CoRDe Ltd, a consortium comprising Scotch whisky...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2073366/whisky-indus...

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