Big news today at Laddie HQ! We’re delighted to receive support from the Small Business Research Initiative Green Distilleries Competition in our search for alternative fuels. More than £70,000 has been awarded to our project partner, Protium Green Solutions, in order to complete a feasibility study on incorporating innovative hydrogen combustion technology into our distillery.

Our ambitions to decarbonise our production process by 2025 (within Scope 1) has led us to investigate several renewable energy sources over recent years. Each viable option, including wind, solar, electrification, biomass and fuel switching (HVO), will continue to be explored alongside this new testing, as we readily embrace the opportunity to be industry leaders in hydrogen.

The feasibility project, named HyLaddie, will explore the deployment of an on‐site Deuterium Dynamic Combustion Chamber (DCC™) as a viable mechanism to meet our heating requirements. Together with ITPEnergised and Deuterium, Protium will investigate optimal system design and how the DCC™ can be integrated. As with any project undertaken here, the feasibility study must consider the preservation of centuries old equipment, the safeguarding of spirit quality and the impact on our local community.

Intended for completion in the spring of 2021, the study is included in Phase One of the Green Distilleries Competition. Positive results would see us target Phase Two funding in order to install the DCC™ and assess its industrial application. This proof of concept could be the vote of confidence required for similar‐sized distilleries to elect for hydrogen alternatives.

This project marks the inaugural deployment of DCC™ in the UK. The revolutionary technology generates high temperature steam, using only oxygen and hydrogen that is combusted in a vacuum. The process creates water, which can be recycled and crucially, eliminates any emission of CO2, NOx and SOx.

Allan Logan, Production Director, comments “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.”

In recent years, we have undertaken studies of 13 potential energy solutions, with the aforementioned five alternatives heading into more detailed assessments. Our search for alternative fuels is being investigated alongside several other areas in our sustainability strategy, which include commitments to agriculture and biodiversity, Islay and the wider community and reducing packaging and waste.

Last year our achievements thus far were accredited by the B Lab when we became the first and only Scotch distillery to be B Corp certified. Knowing that there is always more to do, this recent funding has given us a boost of confidence and a real sense of momentum for achieving our sustainability goals. While long-term projects are underway to install on-site maltings and invest in agricultural R&D on our own croft, we’ll continue to tackle our environmental impact wherever possible. We’ll share more news on a new initiative to reduce our packaging and waste in due course.

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