Celtic Renewables signs deal to use pioneering biofuel to clean up India’s brewing industry

Celtic Renewables signs deal to use pioneering biofuel to clean up India’s brewing industry

The partnership between Martin Tangney’s company and Indian renewables firm Dross Energy will help clean up sacred river Ganges

A pioneering Scottish company is ready to use its biotechnology to help India’s brewing and distilling industry clean up its act instead of polluting the sacred river Ganges.

The partnership between Celtic Renewables and the Indian renewables firm, Dross Energy, will use a process developed by the Napier University spin-off that converts residues from whisky production into a new advanced biofuel – biobutanol – a sustainable fuel that power vehicles.

A Memorandum Of Understanding was signed at the Indian Water Summit, an Indian Government-lead event focused around tackling the pollution issues in the Ganges river.

At the summit, Nintin Gadkari,the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, witnessed a car powered by biofuel produced in Scotland from whisky waste.

Professor Martin Tangney, Celtic Renewables’ founder and president signed the deal at the Indian Water Summit.

He said: “The technology developed by Celtic Renewables is a game changer for the Indian brewing and distilling industry that has been widely criticised for dumping residue from the distilling process into the Ganges – a source of drinking water for over 400 million people”.

“The Indian Government has committed several billion pounds to pollution reduction and river rejuvenation through its dedicated arm The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and I am proud our company will be part of the solution.”

Cherise Mascarenhas, Head of Scottish Development International in India, said: “This latest partnership, which builds on a SDI Scotland/India mission supported by the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation agenda, will see that combination exported to deliver significant environmental impact in India and, at the same time, see Celtic Renewables drive forward its international business growth ambition.”

A spokesperson for Dross Energy said: “We are hugely excited to be the company to bring this ground-breaking technology to India. The technology is innovative and exciting, and we want to be the second country in the world, behind Scotland, to commercialise the process for the benefit of the environment.”

The summit includes a theme on emerging water technologies, which features a number of innovative Scottish companies that have been supported through Scottish Development International (SDI) and the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation initiative.

Celtic Renewables is a spinout company from Edinburgh Napier University which last year carried out the first successful test drive of a car running on a biofuel made from whisky residue .


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