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New startup wants to create a biofuel from, basically, whiskey
Esquire ^ | Thur Nov 21, 2013 | James Joiner

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 based—where else—in 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at autos.yahoo.com ...


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Drink scotch whiskey all night long and drive behind the wheel less expensively.
1 posted on 11/29/2013 6:25:04 PM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild; tomkow6; Bender2; All

OMG I can’t imagine doing this ROFL


2 posted on 11/29/2013 6:27:03 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: posterchild

Isn’t whiskey a lot more expensive?


3 posted on 11/29/2013 6:27:15 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: posterchild

Yes, butanol would be a far superior fuel than ethanol
if the cost to manufacture could be brought down.


4 posted on 11/29/2013 6:30:18 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: posterchild

Let’s just do white lightning!

It worked for the Clampetts. :D


5 posted on 11/29/2013 6:42:27 PM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: GeronL

I’m sipping Glenlivet Single Malt ‘21’ at $97/ bottle. I’ll be damned if I’ll run my 2002 Jeep on that nectar.


6 posted on 11/29/2013 6:42:56 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill
“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?

7 posted on 11/29/2013 6:49:38 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: posterchild

Laughing at your Faganism. Thanks.


8 posted on 11/29/2013 6:52:14 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: posterchild

dinosaur origin gas? huh.


9 posted on 11/29/2013 6:56:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: posterchild

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”.


10 posted on 11/29/2013 6:57:24 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: SevenofNine

Isn’t this some kind of sacrilege ?
People have been flogged for less.


11 posted on 11/29/2013 6:58:22 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Yes, butanol would be a far superior fuel than ethanol if the cost to manufacture could be brought down.

I work in the biofuels and do not see how this idea could even come close to being economically viable.

12 posted on 11/29/2013 7:01:19 PM PST by suijuris
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To: posterchild

Getting tanked.....takes on a new meaning...


13 posted on 11/29/2013 7:02:23 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: posterchild

THEY CAN HAVE MY WHISKEY FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!


14 posted on 11/29/2013 7:04:29 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: posterchild

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!


15 posted on 11/29/2013 7:05:29 PM PST by dalereed
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To: posterchild

16 posted on 11/29/2013 7:08:09 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Put corn back in the food chain,

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.

17 posted on 11/29/2013 7:08:34 PM PST by suijuris
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To: CrazyIvan

Hop in - it runs just fine - you get 3 fingers, FReeper-FRiend, neat, or if you desire ice.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, it’s delicious and special.


18 posted on 11/29/2013 7:09:46 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: posterchild

Beer for my horse, whiskey for my car.


19 posted on 11/29/2013 7:09:50 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: posterchild; a fool in paradise

“I asked for water, she gave me gasoline!”


20 posted on 11/29/2013 7:11:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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