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Whisky firm fuels trucks with whisky waste

Whisky firm fuels trucks with whisky waste

Scottish distiller Glenfiddich has revealed that it is now pioneering an innovative way to decarbonise its HGV fleet – by using whisky waste as an ultra-low carbon fuel.

They have teamed up with Iveco Stralis Natural Power to create what is a circular economy approach.

Glenfiddich is part of the independent distiller, William Grant & Sons, and is highlighting its ‘Fuelled by Glenfiddich’ initiative.

The two companies are now looking to pioneer the production of biomethane from the firm’s distilling operations – this will be a first for the drinks industry.

Natural gas-powered Iveco Stralis NP 460s

The distiller has now taken delivery of three 4×2 compressed natural gas-powered Iveco Stralis NP 460s from Preston-based Iveco dealer, Walton Summit Truck Centre.

These have subsequently been converted to 6×2 tractors capable of running at 44-tonne gross vehicle weight.

The Stralis NP 460, powered by Iveco’s proven 12.9-litre Cursor 13 engine produces 460 hp and 2,000Nm of torque. The vehicles offer exceptionally low fuel consumption and the longest servicing intervals on the market. 

This was also the Sustainable Truck of the Year in 2019 because of its sustainable credentials.

The trucks are equipped with a class-leading 12-speed Hi-Tronix automated gearbox and Iveco Hi-Cruise, a predictive gear-shifting and cruise control system to help make light work of Scotland’s sometimes challenging roads. 

Iveco natural gas-powered heavy trucks

Without the need for AdBlue, diesel particulate filters, Iveco natural gas-powered heavy trucks service intervals can be as long as 56,000 miles. 

All of the trucks are connected to Iveco’s central control room where usage and performance can be monitored, and maintenance regimes tailored to reduce vehicle downtime.

William Grant & Sons’ engineers have forged a new way to use the by-products of its distilling process, while minimising the carbon output of its operations. 

By loading waste matter from the renowned distillery into an anaerobic digester, the company can capture the biogas given off as it breaks down. 

This is then cleaned and used as green, low-carbon, low-particulate fuel for its new gas delivery trucks.

‘Create sustainable benefits for our business’

The distiller’s Dufftown site leader, Kirsty Dagnan, said: “William Grant & Sons has been a pioneering distiller for more than 130 years, always exploring new processes and techniques to create sustainable benefits for our business and communities.

“It has taken more than a decade for Glenfiddich to become the first distillery to process 100% of its waste residues on its own site, then to be the first to process those residues into biogas fuels to power its trucks, and finally to be the first to install a biogas truck fuelling station supplied by our on-site renewable energy facility.

“We are proud to have achieved these renewable energy breakthroughs in our industry, and to be working with a pioneering partner such as Iveco as we scale up the de-carbonising benefits of this closed-loop process across our entire transport fleet.”

Gareth Lumsdaine, Iveco’s heavy business-line director, said: “With our natural gas trucks, we’re committed to transitioning the transport industry to a cleaner, greener future.

“We expect high profile innovators such as Glenfiddich joining the movement to help accelerate this important shift and we believe that a circular economy approach is key to pushing for negative greenhouse gases. If the process helps bring great scotch along the way, then that is even better!”

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