Arbikie distillery to be powered by green hydrogen

Arbikie distillery to be powered by green hydrogen

The distillery believes they will be the first in the world to be powered by such...

News | 17 Aug 2022

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Arbikie Distillery has gained permission to build a 1 MW Wind Turbine on its Lunan Bay farm, allowing them to produce green hydrogen. The renovation will make Arbikie the first distillery in the world to be powered by such, according to the distillery themselves.

The planned turbine will export its generation to a green hydrogen hub at the Distillery, which will comprise of an electrolyser, compressor and storage. Once the green hydrogen is created by the electrolyser, the stored hydrogen will be used by a burner and boiler compatible with burning hydrogen, creating steam to deliver the required heat for distillation.

Becoming one the world’s most sustainable distilleries is something high on the agenda for Arbikie, a distillery already known for its field-to-bottling distilling technique as they grow all of their own ingredients at their farm.

Arbikie Distillery farm (Credit: Grant Campbell)

John Stirling, co-owner of Arbikie Distillery, commented on the decision: “This has the potential to transform the distilling industry. We are delighted to be working with energy experts, Locogen and Logan Energy. We aim to be one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries so being able to use green hydrogen power will be another significant step on our sustainability journey.”

CEO of Logan Energy, Bill Ireland, added: “As demand to switch to net zero technologies continues to grow, this project is a good example of the important role hydrogen can play. We’re incredibly proud to be supporting Arbikie in their net zero ambitions”.

Previously, Arbikie launched the world’s only climate-positive gin, Nàdar, in 2020, with a carbon footprint of -1.54 kg CO2e per 700ml bottle. The distillery works closely with Abertay University and the James Hutton Crop institute on its sustainable methods, while this particular project will see them collaborating with hydrogen experts Logan Energy and Locogen.
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