Honorary OBE for Scots university biofuel pioneer

Prof Martin Tangney
Prof Martin Tangney

A Scottish university biofuel expert has scooped an Honorary OBE in the British queen’s new year’s honours list.

Professor Martin Tangney was awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

It is an honorary award for Tangney, chairman of Celtic Renewables, because as an Irish Republic national he is not eligible for British awards.

He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2000 and later established the UK’s first research centre dedicated to the development of sustainable biofuel

Tangney is best-known for developing a process to convert the residues of the Scots whisky industry into an advanced sustainable biofuel called biobutanol (a direct replacement for petrol) – not only providing a sustainable disposal route for the by-products of one of the country’s largest industries, but also integrating renewable fuel production with environmental sustainability and carbon reduction.

The biobutanol process was first discovered more than a century ago and Big Oil companies (such as Shell and BP) have already invested £-millions in such production plants in the USA. Even if there is too much ‘head of steam’ building up behind BPVs (battery-powered vehicles) to make biobutonal economically feasible for electric cars, there is still a massive potential global market for aviation.

11 Jan 2018


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