Friday, January 08, 2021


The Bruichladdich Distillery, has today announced that it will receive support from the Small Business Research Initiative Green Distilleries Competition, in their search for alternative fuels.

Bruichladdich, which also produces Port Charlotte and Octomore single malt whiskies, and Botanist Islay dry gin, have ambitious plans to decarbonise their production process by 2025.

Bruichladdich announces plans to decarbonise production

More than £70,000 has been awarded to the Islay based distiller’s project partner, Protium Green Solutions, in order to complete a feasibility study on incorporating innovative hydrogen combustion technology into Bruichladdich.

Investigations into the feasibility of several renewable energy sources have been underway for some time. Each viable option, including wind, solar, electrification, biomass and fuel switching (HVO), will continue to be explored alongside this new testing, as the opportunity to be industry-leaders in hydrogen is readily embraced.

The feasibility project, named HyLaddie, will explore the deployment of an on‐site Deuterium Dynamic Combustion Chamber (DCC) as a viable mechanism to meet heating requirements.

Together with ITPEnergised and Deuterium, Protium will investigate optimal system design and how the DCC can be integrated. As with any project undertaken at Bruichladdich, the feasibility study must consider the preservation of centuries old equipment, the safeguarding of spirit quality and the impact on the local community.

Commenting on the news, Allan Logan, Production Director of Bruichladdich, said: “At Bruichladdich Distillery, we understand that there is real potential for a hydrogen‐based solution to decarbonise our industry. We are thrilled to have the support of Protium, Deuterium and ITPEnergised to help us assess the feasibility of employing a green hydrogen fuel switching solution for our distillery – a move we hope benefits the broader industry.

In 2020, Bruichladdich became one of the only distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified. They are the first gin and whisky distillery in Europe, and one of two globally, to be recognised for balancing profit and purpose.

Posted by Steve Rush