Bruichladdich Whiskey Distillery Owner Takes Delivery of A Nissan LEAF

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The 130 year old Bruichladdich whiskey distillery has established a Biowayste system which allows it to produce its own electricity from waste products of the distilling process.

In the anaerobic digestion process, biogas is produced which can then be used to generate electricity.

Business owner, Mark Reynier started using the system earlier this year, and having now taken delivery of a Nissan LEAF, the system can be used to charge his new car as well.

In celebration of the role played by the Nissan LEAF, Nissan and Bruichladdich have produced a limited run of bespoke LEAF labeled organic whiskey.

Mr Reynier said: "The LEAF is fantastic to drive. It was frustrating to be making such strides in being self-sufficient, when my car still needed the most expensive diesel in the UK from the mainland. The arrival of the LEAF has allowed me to be as truly self-sufficient as possible."

The Bruichladdich whisky distillery was built in 1881, with the same machinery that is used today. The distillery's waste streams now are used to powering the business.

Draff - spent barley - is taken by local island farmers for cow feed, whose slurry is in turn spread on the field which grow the barley for the distillery.

Pot ale, which is the water waste product left over after distilling, is converted to biogas to power a generator, producing electricity to power the distillery.
Mr Reynier said: "We are not eco-warriors but we wanted to see how we could do our part. 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.

"With the addition of the LEAF, we're happy in the knowledge that we're doing everything we can, whether growing barley here on the island, organically and biodynamically, to be environmentally sympathetic both in our work and home life."

James Douglas, Nissan's Corporate Sales Director, said: "Mr Reynier's case goes to prove that sustainable motoring is a very realistic proposition. He is one of the many businessmen discovering that the Nissan LEAF can bring very real financial benefits to his company."

Published : 10/08/11 Author : Staff

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