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Scotland’s first net zero emission distillation process?

The Bunnahabhain Distillery is on track to become Islay’s first distillery to have a net zero emission distillation process, following the installation of a biomass energy centre powered entirely by locally sourced forest biomass and spent malt, known as draff, a by-product of distillation. The new, £6.5mn Biomass Energy Centre is expected to avoid the emission of 3,500 tonnes of carbon per year, says the company.

The combination of wood chippings from low value timber felled on Islay, in the inner Hebrides, Scotland, and spent malt helps to nurture the island’s forests and promote sustainability and biodiversity, as existing conifer forests are replanted with mixed hardwood and softwood.

The project has been funded by AMP Clean Energy which will own, manage and operate the biomass system. It is being constructed by project developer, Dallol Energy, and will be operational by spring next year.

News Item details

Journal title: Energy World

Region: North Scotland

Subjects: Biomass

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