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Distiller Powers Nissan Leaf on Whiskey

Worried about rising fuel costs? Spare a thought for Scotland, where things seem to have got so bad that one business has resorted to powering a using single malt whiskey. Sort of…

The 130-year old Bruichladdich whisky distillery has established a system to generate electricity using waste products from the distilling process. Business owner Mark Reynier started using the anaerobic digestion earlier this year.

Now he has take delivery of a Nissan Leaf electric car, which Reynier powers up at the distillery.

In celebration, the Hebridean whiskey maker has produced a limited run of a bespoke organic whisky appropriately called LEAF. The label even features a drawing of the car.

“We are not eco-warriors but we wanted to see how we could do our part,” Reynier said. “Most schemes along these lines are hare-brained and have little commercial merit, but this one does. Though the technology has existed since 1860, only now is it economically viable on this small scale.”

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2 thoughts on “Distiller Powers Nissan Leaf on Whiskey

  1. Only now it’s “economically viable” because of peak oil fears. If more people knew Rudolf Diesel designed his engine to run on peanut oil, would the electric car have a chance?

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