Hydrogen combustion tech study for Scotch distillery awarded £70k

The project aims to investigate the potential of green hydrogen as a zero-emission heat solution for the distillery

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A study, which will investigate the potential of hydrogen combustion technology for the Bruichladdich Distillery, has been awarded a £70,000 grant.

The feasibility project, named ‘HyLaddie’, has been funded by the Small Business Research Initiative Green Distilleries Competition and will explore the deployment of an on‐site hydrogen combustion system to meet Bruichladdich’s heating needs.

The technology generates high-temperature steam, using oxygen and hydrogen that is combusted in a vacuum.

The company said the process would create water, which could be recycled in a way that eliminates carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emissions.

Allan Logan, Production Director at Bruichladdich Distillery, commented: “At Bruichladdich Distillery, we understand that there is real potential for a hydrogen‐based solution to decarbonise our industry.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Protium, Deuterium and ITPEnergised to help us assess the feasibility of employing a green hydrogen fuel switching solution for our distillery, a move we hope benefits the broader industry.”

Christopher Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Protium and Director of Deuterium, said “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to demonstrate how green hydrogen can deliver a zero-emission heat solution for Bruichladdich.

“Green hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonising the UK manufacturing sector, particularly food and drink.”

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