Photo: Celtic Renewables, which uses by-products of the Scotch whisky industry to produce a replacement for petrol and diesel, has powered a car with the biofuel for the first time.
The Guinness World Records world record for the Longest journey by a coffee-powered car, set by a 1988 Volkswagon Scirocco which was driven 337 km from London to Manchester (UK) powered by coffee. The modified car works by heating the coffee granules in a charcoal fire, when then break down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The gas is then cooled and filtered before the hydrogen is combusted to drive the engine. ‘Car-puccino’ can reportedly reach 60 mph and achieved 1 mile per 56 espressos.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Longest journey by a wind-powered car, set by Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer (both Germany), who travelled 5,000 km (3,100 miles) from Perth to Melbourne, Australia, in 18 days in January/February 2011. Their car, the Wind Explorer, weighs just 220 kg (485.02 lb) and is powered by the wind; a wind turbine charges a lithium-ion battery pack to provide propulsion and, when the wind is strong enough, kite resembling a parasail is used to harness the power of the wind directly.
According to Celtic Renewables founder and president Prof Martin Tangney said the residue was of no value whatsoever to the whisky industry.
He said: “This is the first time in history that a car has ever been driven with a biofuel produced from whisky production residues.
“It is fitting to do this historic drive in Scotland, which is famous not just for its world-renowned whisky but also for being a powerhouse for renewable energy.”
The Edinburgh-based company recently received a £9m government grant to build a plant to develop the fuel.
It is hoped this will be up and running by 2019.