Tag: Scotland

Whiskey Business: Macallan uses cacao pod waste for packaging

Whiskey Business: Macallan uses cacao pod waste for packaging

May 9, 2022 |

In Scotland, famed whiskey distiller Macallan has launched a limited edition Fine Cacao whiskey that uses cacao pod waste for its packaging. The single-malt is the second in Macallan’s cacao-inspired collection and boasts a mellower profile than the dark, bittersweet notes of its Rich Cacao predecessor.  The libation arose from a collaboration between Macallan Whiskey […]

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Scottish laird bringing together three companies to ensure Celtic Renewables’ success

Scottish laird bringing together three companies to ensure Celtic Renewables’ success

March 15, 2022 |

In Scotland, The Herald reports Western laird Donald Houston of Ardnamurchan Estates who has substantial investments in Ardnamurchan Distillery, Woodlands Renewables and Celtic Renewables is bringing the three companies together to ensure the success of Celtic’s new biorefinery. The one million liter per year facility is the first of five that are planned to produce […]

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Scottish startup looks to convert fish waste into cleaning ingredients

Scottish startup looks to convert fish waste into cleaning ingredients

January 24, 2022 |

In Scotland, a startup with six-figure funding support from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre is developing a surfactant from fish farming byproducts.  Fish oils account for about a quarter of aquaculture’s total by-product output. Such oils are rich in fatty acids and can be converted into biofuels, but Eco Clean believes biosurfactants for use in […]

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Firsts for biomethane – 1st of its kind network for biomethane industry, Scotland’s 1st biomethane refuelling station opens

Firsts for biomethane – 1st of its kind network for biomethane industry, Scotland’s 1st biomethane refuelling station opens

December 26, 2021 |

In what is usually a slow news time, we were surprised to receive news on two interesting 1sts for the biomethane industry. First, the biomethane industry sets a 1st of its kind European Network to facilitate the tracking and exchange of renewable gas certificates and boost biomethane trading across Europe. Second, CNG Fuels, supplier of […]

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Are sugar beets the answer for Scotland’s biofuels, net zero goals and job growth?

Are sugar beets the answer for Scotland’s biofuels, net zero goals and job growth?

November 28, 2021 |

It’s barely December yet but some are already having visions of sugar beets, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads, thanks to a new Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Scottish Enterprise working on proposals to re-introduce sugar beet as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels used for bioethanol in Scotland. Their data shows […]

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Scottish space rocket to fly on biofuel with 96% smaller carbon footprint

Scottish space rocket to fly on biofuel with 96% smaller carbon footprint

October 21, 2021 |

In Scotland, carbon footprint of launching the new Orbex Prime space rocket will be up to 96 per cent lower than comparable space launch programs, a new scientific study has revealed. Prime is poised to become one of the most environmentally friendly orbital launch vehicles ever built, benefiting from the use of renewable, ultra-low-carbon biofuel. […]

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Wee “dram” of whiskey waste can help recover valuable metals from electronics

Wee “dram” of whiskey waste can help recover valuable metals from electronics

October 4, 2021 |

In Scotland, a research consortium has found that a filtration system comprised of whiskey coproducts can be used to recover scrap metals from old electronics.  The group, made up of environmental tech company SEM, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Scotland, University of Edinburgh, and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, calls the system “Dram.”  Dram first […]

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Scotland could see sugarbeet revival to build up ethanol industry

Scotland could see sugarbeet revival to build up ethanol industry

June 14, 2021 |

In the UK, Scotland’s The National newspaper reports that sugarbeet crop trials in Scotland by Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, SAC Consulting, and Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society have shown the crop could be a viable ethanol feedstock for the region. The crop harvested a few months ago was the first beet crop harvested in Scotland in […]

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Scottish startup launches “S’WEAT” plant-based water bottle

Scottish startup launches “S’WEAT” plant-based water bottle

May 24, 2021 |

In Scotland, a startup has developed a reusable bottle from wheat straw it hopes will help reduce single-use plastics waste.  Cleverly named S’WHEAT, the bottle is the brainchild of friends Amee Ritchie and Jake Elliott-Hook, two recent university graduates.  The bottled are made from the waste stalks from harvesting wheat, which can be used as […]

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Scottish project looks to squeeze value from every wee dram

Scottish project looks to squeeze value from every wee dram

December 21, 2020 |

In Scotland, researchers are evaluating how to promote circularity in the region’s most famous export—whiskey.  The Whisky Project, led by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, includes Horizon Proteins, MiAlgae, and BioPower Technologies working to maximize value from whisky coproducts like draff and pot ale. All three companies already leverage whisky byproducts: Horizon Proteins extracts proteins […]

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