Diageo Bets $10 Million on Whisky-Based Bioenergy Plant

on 05/09/11 at 5:28 pm

Booze News

Drinks multinational Diageo said it will invest $9.6 million in a bioenergy plant near Elgin, Scotland that will burn a by-product from its Scotch Whisky distilling operations called draff – the spent grain left after the distilling process.

Diageo plans to use 30,000 tons of draff to produce process steam for the site at Glenlossie, which currently makes about 12 million bottles of Scotch annually.

Diegeo has already spent millions on a bioenergy plant at its giant Cameronbridge distillery in Fife, Scotland.

Industry body Scottish Renewables claims the addition of more clean-energy sources to the nation’s “world-famous whisky industry” shows renewables are “becoming part of mainstream business life in Scotland.”

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