Scottish Scientists Create Automobile Fuel From Whiskey

August 24, 2010  |  5:00pm

Leave it to brainy Scottish scientists to find a way to turn by-products of whiskey production into a means of powering your car.

Scientists at Edinburgh Napier University cultivated a method that takes the waste from whiskey creation and converts it into an automobile-powering fuel with an efficiency and power output outweighing ethanol by 30 percent.

The researchers ferment the sugar from spent grains (“draff”) and fluid from the production stills (“pot ale”) into a substance they’re calling “super” biofuel. This biobutanol’s creation uses a procedure fairly analogous to that which makes acetone.

And since whiskey doesn’t grow in trees, trashing forests and land isn’t something to worry about. We’ll drink to that.

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