Build of Scotland’s first biorefinery takes ‘significant’ step forward

THE construction of Scotland’s first biorefinery has taken a ‘significant’ step forward with the arrival of six purpose-built 130,000-litre fermentation vessels from the Netherlands.

The ‘pioneering’ Edinburgh Napier University project applies microbiology expertise and modern process technology to produce high-value, low-carbon biochemicals and next generation biofuel from biological waste and residues.

The university said that the new plant is expected to process around 50,000 tonnes of residues each year from the whisky industry – adding value and sustainability to one of the country’s most important sectors.

Professor Martin Tangney, of Edinburgh Napier University and founder of Celtic Renewables, said, “The biotechnology sector is based on innovation and Scotland excels in this aspect, but the really difficult part is converting research into production.

“This landmark event signals our capability to take ground-breaking University research and translate this into a thriving biotechnology industry in Scotland.

“As a business, we have always believed in the transformational impact of our innovation and this is needed now more than ever as we battle with the economic impact of Covid-19.  We are delighted to be part of the vanguard of biotechnology innovation in Scotland and look forward to playing our part in growing a new sustainable bioeconomy.”