Celtic Renewables wins motor industry award for low-carbon bio-fuel


Prof Martin Tangney
Prof Martin Tangney

A Scottish company that has developed the technology to convert whisky production residues into a biofuel capable of directly powering motor vehicles has won a motor industry sustainability award.

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables won the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership award for Low Carbon Innovation, which is the first from the motor industry to recognise the company’s contribution to the effort to lower carbon emissions in the global motor industry.

The judging panel comprised 22 senior executives from across the range of organisations involved in the low carbon road transport agenda.

Celtic Renewables is a spin-out company from the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which was set up in 2007 by Prof. Martin Tangney, who is now the company’s president.

He said: “This award shows our technology has genuine commercial appeal and that the market is both ready and waiting for sustainable bio-butanol as an alternative to petrol and diesel.” 

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