Skip to comments.New startup wants to create a biofuel from, basically, whiskey
Posted on 11/29/2013 6:25:04 PM PST by posterchild
You may not be able to drink and drive, but pretty soon your car will be able to. That's the goal of a new project basedwhere elsein Scotland that is using some next-level alchemy for a new take on the lead-into-gold cliché: turning golden whiskey into unleaded fuel.
Biofuel, that is.
Don't worry, they're not going to be taking your precious Scottish nectar itself to the pumps, it's actually way better than that. The folks at Celtic Renewables Inc. want to synthesize the waste left behind when the whiskey is finished, which accounts for as much as 90% of the raw materials, into something called biobutanol; basically ethanol with a Lance Armstrong complex. You see, ethanol, whose production is subsidized in the U.S. and is made primarily from government-subsidized corn, can only be used as a 10% additive to standard fermented dinosaur origin gas. But biobutanol is so damn potent, only ten or twenty percent less than gasoline's, it can be mixed at a much higher level.
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OMG I can’t imagine doing this ROFL
Isn’t whiskey a lot more expensive?
Yes, butanol would be a far superior fuel than ethanol
if the cost to manufacture could be brought down.
Let’s just do white lightning!
It worked for the Clampetts. :D
I’m sipping Glenlivet Single Malt ‘21’ at $97/ bottle. I’ll be damned if I’ll run my 2002 Jeep on that nectar.
How many miles would I have to push your Jeep for you to share a couple of fingers?
Laughing at your Faganism. Thanks.
dinosaur origin gas? huh.
Make methanol out of natural gas...we more NG than we know what to do with.
Put corn back in the food chain, and save the ethanol for “medicinal purposes”.
Isn’t this some kind of sacrilege ?
People have been flogged for less.
I work in the biofuels and do not see how this idea could even come close to being economically viable.
Getting tanked.....takes on a new meaning...
THEY CAN HAVE MY WHISKEY FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Get the alcohol out of fuel totally, it’as a crappy fuel unless you’re racing and don’t give a damn how much you burn!
I ran it racing in the early 50s and wouldn’t think of using it for a transportation fuel!
Corn is not removed from the food chain in making ethanol. It is merely diverted for a short period of time for processing while the sugars are removed to produce ethanol. The result known as distillers grains is enriched high cattle feed. When properly balanced in cattle rations it can increase their productivity by as much as 10 percent.
Hop in - it runs just fine - you get 3 fingers, FReeper-FRiend, neat, or if you desire ice.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, it’s delicious and special.
Beer for my horse, whiskey for my car.
“I asked for water, she gave me gasoline!”
And I was impresses by my Bowmore.
Can you make corn flakes out of it?
Aren’t we all supposed to become vegans now?
Glenfiddich, Balmoral, Bowmore, Highland, Speyside, Island etc are all great/good single malt Scotches. But I do like The Glenlivet ‘21’ regularly, and ‘The 25’, when I can find it, in stock. Smooth as silk...
Be green, drink Black Label!
Faganism or Fagenism?
When does that matter to government? They use crops as fuel for vehicles, instead of food for people.
Maybe some day we will use people for fuel
I suppose you could but you would probably not like the taste. Corn flakes are made from sweet corn. In fact humans only consume 12% of the corn produced in the US, almost all of which is sweet corn. The rest is feed corn used primarily for cattle feed and various starch and oil byproducts.
What fuel do you use to distill the alcohol, and how much energy does it take to produce a gallon of ethanol?
I may have to appropriate that graphic...
The best fuel would be methanol. Leave the ethanol for licker.
by all means do
I havent enough time to post em everywhere Id like to!
No. But you can make scrap metal out of your gasoline powered lawn tools with it
I think they have lost all reason and logic at this point.
The words ‘renewable’ and ‘bio-fuel’ have overcome all senses. The truth is they do not care about he cost if it can keep those greedy oil companies from making a profit.
If they were actually forced to critically think about it, using food staples (corn, for instance) to make ethanol, or the time and trouble it takes to make Whiskey (and then further produce into a fuel) would jump out at them as being idiotic. But they aren’t interested in that.
Interesting articles. Corn growers are now protesting the EPA’s “war on corn.” Hard to believe the EPA would EVER back off on one of its babies.
November 2013 — The Obama administration announces it wants to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, acknowledging the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected. The change would require almost 3 billion fewer gallons of biofuel to be blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law mandates.
ETHANOL timeline -
Don’t get too excited. It’s a reduction in the amount of increase demanded, not a net reduction.
Low gas prices and low corn prices make expansion of ethanol production out of the question.
“The EPAs idea is to put 15.2 billion gallons of ethanol in gasoline in 2014 rather than the 16.55 billion used this year.”
Sure sounds like a decrease.
Can be produced from Kudzu I understand but it is expensive.
Kind of right. The 2014 mandate was for over 18 billion gallons. That has been scaled back to around 15 billion gallons, same as 2012. The 2013 TARGET was over 16 billion gallons.
The numbers for 2013 aren’t actually in yet, and it’s well known that ethanol plants have been struggling with profitably. And blenders can buy RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) to offset using less biofuel.
And, of course, it’s not a done deal. Final rules won’t be known for a few months.
If you’re driving, have another drink. Face traffic with confidence!
Corn: It's what food eats!
Ewe no wut I meen.
Next time I’m in your neck of the woods............
I just picked-up a bottle of Glenlivet ‘21’ ($149.92) on Saturday, and it is worth every penny. I’m out of my- pay grade now, so that’ll be a one-time purchase. Every sip is heaven.