Did you know the steam which fires up Bruichladdich’s stills is also used to heat water for the radiators in our shop and offices?
It was no mean feat to incorporate this energy-saving system amid the Victorian machinery, the valves and the pipes and the centuries-old stills.
Head engineer Douglas Clyne, who helped devise the heat exchange system along with the late Duncan McGillivrary in 2011, explains how it came about.
“The shop had an old oil-fired boiler – it’s still there for back-up – which used about 1,000 litres of fuel every couple of weeks,” he says.
For making whisky spirit you have to heat water to 100° to create steam, this steam heats the stills and then cools back down to water and is effectively waste. “We used to dump that in the old days, we just put money down the drain,” explains Douglas.