Whisky, forestry and household by-products to be turned into alternative transport fuel at three new plants in UK
Three new facilities in England and Scotland will turn the likes of whisky, forestry and household by-products into low emission alternative transport fuel, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.
The government this week (September 7) revealed that three companies have been awarded a share of its £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration competition, which was launched in December 2014 with the aim of developing fuels from waste products to power cars and lorries.
Businesses in Edinburgh, Teesside and Swindon will benefit from the funding, after being chosen from a total of six bidders previously shortlisted in April 2015 (see AirQualityNews.com story).
According to DfT, the £25 million funding will enable the three businesses to invest in new premises and technology to help generate more than 5,000 new jobs by 2030, open-up international markets and promote the renewable energy sector.
The winning bidders are:
Transport Minister Andrew Jones also visited Celtic Renewables in Edinburgh on Monday (September 7) to see how the company plans to use whisky by-products in order to generate up to £100 million of transport fuel each year.
And, announcing the winning bidders on Monday, Mr Jones said:
“Biofuels have an important role to play in keeping Britain moving forward in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. This £25 million is not only a vital investment in technology that will help secure a greener future but will also support the creation of thousands of jobs.
“Advanced biofuels have the potential to save at least 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent fossil fuel. The three successful bids show how the government is investing in transport and making better, clean journeys.â€?