A new biomass power plant that uses by-products of whisky to produce energy has officially been opened in Scotland.
The 8.32MW Helius CoRDe Ltd plant and animal feed processing unit is expected to generate enough electricity to power 9,000 homes and save around 46,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. It will replace the carbon-intensive plant that had previously been used to process waste produced by the region’s whisky distilleries.
The combined heat and power plant, which cost a total £60.5 million, will now produce electricity, heat and an animal feed protein supplement called Pot Ale Syrup.
Adrian Bowles, CEO of Helius Energy, which built the plant said: “This is renewable energy in action using innovative technology to provide enough power for 9000 homes and produce animal feed using by-products from local whisky distilleries. Projects like these will increasingly form part of the UK energy mix.”
The project is owned and operated by the joint venture of Helius Energy, Rabo Project Equity and the Combination of Rothes Distillers Limited.