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Waste from Whiskey Production Can Fuel Cars

4:10 PM MDT | August 19, 2010 | Laura Templer

Scientists at Edinburgh Napier University have discovered a novel way to generate biofuel from whiskey production waste. This can be used as an alternative to petrol and does not require any alteration of the motor. This technology uses the two main by-products of the whiskey industry, ‘pot ale,’ the liquid from the copper stills and, ‘draff’ the used grains. By fermenting this mixture, the research team has found a fuel that is 30% more powerful that ethanol. The EU’s target of 10% biofuel use by the end of 2020 means that this...

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