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Islay distillery becomes self-sufficient by generating electricity from waste

A SCOTTISH distillery will shortly become the first in the world to go completely green by creating its own electricity from the whisky-making process.

The plan to create volts from malts involves using waste products from distillation to generate power.

Bruichladdich distillery on Islay says the £300,000 project will create enough electricity to export to local homes, cut the cost of transporting waste, and benefit the environment.

The firm has teamed up with a company called BioWayste to turn the waste, called pot ale, into useful power.

The pot ale, rich in protein and carbohydrates, has previously been dumped into the sea.

Although the dumping is not in itself harmful, turning the pot ale into electricity to drive the distillery means less power has to be taken from the grid.

Mark Reynier, managing director of Bruichladdich distillery, said: “We are doing it for a practical and sensible reason and because it’s common sense. Continue reading

Chandelier made of 600 glasses to be unveiled at Edinburgh bar opening

A WORLD-famous chandelier designer will tomorrow night (Thu) unveil his most ambitious creation to date at the Capital’s newest bar.

Hyde Out, in Edinburgh’s Quay area, officially opens with an invite-only launch and some of the glitter will be provided by a magnificent chandelier made up of 600 unique crystal glasses.

Creator John Harrington has previously created chandeliers for clients such as the Ritz in Miami. His design for Hyde Out is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Mr Harrington said: “This is the biggest chandelier I have built so far, making it a first both in size and location. Continue reading

Completion of new Diageo plant left hanging in the balance

DRINKS giant Diageo has been forced to suspend work on two multi-million pound plant in Fife on Monday after the main contractors went into administration.

The future of the £86 million project in Leven and a £65 million bio-energy plant at the Cameronbridge Distillery has been left hanging in the balance along with many others across the UK after it emerged that the building services firm Rok was in financial difficulty.

Should the administrators, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) fail to find a buyer, 3800 jobs will be at risk nationwide, though it is unknown how many in Fife are in danger.

It is understood that up to 150 tradesmen are involved with the work on the new bottling plant and are all waiting to hear any developments concerning their future employment after Monday’s announcement.

On completion, the plant at Banbeath is set to create 400 new jobs in Fife and is part of greater plans to close the Jonnie Walker plant in Kilmarnock. Continue reading

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