19 August 2010

There’s whiskey in the car-o

According to the Belfast Telegraph an Irish scientist has given new meaning to ‘getting tanked up' (groans) after perfecting a green way to fuel cars with Scotch.

The biofuel made from by-products of Scotch whisky distillation is just as effective as normal petrol and just as easy on the engine, which requires no modifications.

Professor Martin Tangney (45), from Macroom, Co Cork, has been working with some of Scotland's largest whisky producers at the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University. They have produced a clean, carbon-neutral fuel that can be blended with regular petrol to run an engine.

Prof Tangney said of his research project: “While some energy companies are growing crops specifically to generate biofuel, we are investigating excess materials such as whisky by-products. This is a more environmentally sustainable option.”

Ach I daresay there are people who thinks that this story come straight from stereotype central (along with the inventor of the nuclear shillelagh I’ll be bound!) It certainly does have useful applications – it’s far, far better to use by products than to screw things up royally by going down the idiotic route of turning over valuable land to growing biofuels on a large scale

I can’t see whiskey by products making a huge dent in the world’s thirst for oil but every little helps.

10 comments:

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot.

I think gas siphoning crimes are about to surge in a huge way. No more funnels.....scofflaws are now armed with straws.

jams o donnell said...

Haha EWBl, watch out for crims going equiped with a straw, tumbler and soda!

Ruth said...

So if we all drink more whisky, we'll reduce our carbon footprint?

jams o donnell said...

Dunno Ruth but we could have a great time finding out!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I'm all for it! Bring me a tank-full!

jams o donnell said...

After me Sphinx!

Liz said...

Sounds like an excellent reason to distil more whiskey.

jams o donnell said...

As if reason was needed Liz!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Long as they don't commit the crime of burning the main Product, I am fine with this.

And the more byproducts of whisky production there are means the more whisky is produced. So it's an overall good idea.

jams o donnell said...

THat's true Snoopy! Gin is a different matter.. all of that can go straith into an engine