Celtic Renewables to build whisky residue biofuel plant at Grangemouth

(L-R) Mark Simmers, CEO and Martin Tangney, Founder and President of Celtic Renewables.

Celtic Renewables to build whisky residue biofuel plant at Grangemouth

Celtic Renewables Ltd, a Scottish start-up providing next generation biofuel, has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year.

The company has established a new PLC – Celtic Renewables Grangemouth PLC – specifically to deliver this plant in Grangemouth and has now launched a funding campaign seeking to raise £5.25m through an ISA eligible investment with leading p2p investment platform, Abundance Investment.

Abundance co-founder & managing director Bruce Davis commented: “We champion renewable projects across the UK and Celtic Renewables absolutely fits this remit.  The new demonstrator plant is an exciting step forward for biotechnology innovation for the UK. It is a win win for our investors seeking to diversify their investments in the transition to a clean growth economy.”

Based in Grangemouth, the site will produce Biobutanol, the new advanced and sustainable biofuel made using whisky residue that is a direct replacement for petrol and diesel.

Used in a car for the first time in July 2017, Celtic Renewables has developed this ground-breaking process for biobutanol which is set to revolutionise sustainable transport. 

Company founder and president, Professor Martin Tangney, said: “This is a very exciting time for biotechnology in Scotland.  Our plant, which will use entirely sustainable raw materials to make high value low carbon products, will be the first of its kind in the world. It will shine a global spotlight on innovation in Scotland in the low carbon economy.”

Mark Simmers, CEO of Celtic Renewables Ltd, said: “This is a huge step forward for Celtic Renewables as this demonstration plant will enable the roll out of the technology at full industrial scale across Scotland and internationally. Grangemouth is the perfect location for the plant, where we can benefit from the synergies of locating within the national petrochemical hub and work with a range of complementary partners with the full support of local and national Government agencies.”

With news that the plant will create 25 jobs in the local area, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, leader of Falkirk Council said: “The new Celtic Renewables Grangemouth commercial demonstrator plant is great news for the local economy. 

“Celtic Renewables choosing Grangemouth as the location for such an innovative facility is further proof that the Falkirk area is the prime location for Chemical Sciences development in this country and strengthens our imminent bid for growth deal funding to position Falkirk as the manufacturing and innovation hub for Scotland.”

Working with Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire, Celtic Renewables is helping to derive value from the production residues of the Malt Whisky industry in Scotland by converting it into advanced biofuel and other low carbon products.

Building of the commercial demonstrator plant is due to begin in early 2018.