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Whisky waste scientist is nominated for two prestigious awards

Scientist Professor Martin Tangney has been nominated for two prestigious awards for his pioneering work converting whisky waste into biofuel.

Professor Martin Tangney

Scientist Professor Martin Tangney

The President of Celtic Renewables was shortlisted for the Scottish Resources Outstanding Contribution award. The accolade is a “people’s award” decided by members of the public in an online vote.

The Scottish Biofuel Programme, of which Professor Tangney is founding director, has also been nominated as Best Green Public Service or Public Sector Provision at the Scottish Green Awards.

Professor Tangney recently returned from Hong Kong where he was guest speaker at the TED series of events for inspirational speakers.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit making organisation devoted to spreading new influential ideas. Previous speakers include Bill Gates, Al Gore, Billy Graham and Bono.

Last year Professor Tangney was named Innovator of the Year by the Institute of Chemical Engineering for the breakthrough which could herald the launch of a £60million-a-year industry.

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire, which became the first whisky distillery in the world to have its by-products converted into advanced biofuel, capable of directly powering vehicles which run on petrol and diesel.

The company is currently undertaking commercial trials on the process, in partnership with Tullibardine, at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) at Redcar, in Teesside, with funding from Zero Waste Scotland.


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