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Bruichladdich gets £2.65m funding for hydrogen energy tech



Bruichladdich Distillery has announced funding to pioneer hydrogen combustion technology, heating the stills used to create its whisky and Botanist gin.

The pilot project aims to demonstrate the ability to switch from fuel oil to hydrogen, covering part of the distillery’s energy consumption in this early phase.

The £2.65m investment comes from the Green Distilleries Competition, funded through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Net Zero Innovation Portfolio – and follows an initial feasibility study completed this spring.

The money should allow Bruichladdich and its energy partner Protium to install an on‐site Dynamic Combustion Chamber (DCC), a zero-emission hydrogen boiler patented by Jericho Energy Ventures’ subsidiary Hydrogen Technologies and licensed to Protium’s subsidiary Deuterium.

This project marks the inaugural deployment of DCC in the UK following a feasibility assessment. It claims to be the only zero-emission, closed loop boiler that generates high temperature steam, using only oxygen and hydrogen that is reacted in a vacuum.

Dubbed HyLaddie, the project must navigate the installation of new technology within an operational Victorian distillery on the island of Islay.

As a certified B Corp, Bruichladdich continually invests in its local community and hopes the project will demonstrate the capability of hydrogen to encourage commercialisation across Islay.

A more sustainable solution for the island’s remote location and infrastructure challenges, the heating technology has the potential to be integrated beyond distilling and into residential spaces, local government buildings, schools and hospitals.

Douglas Taylor, chief executive of Bruichladdich Distillery, commented: “Many distilleries across Scotland are making serious steps forward in decarbonising their energy requirements, and we fully believe that hydrogen has a future in the Scotch industry.

“Our hope is that our proof of concept can extend to commercialisation across the island, and beyond, helping us hit the Scotch Whisky Association’s targets of net zero by 2040.”

In line with HyLaddie and the sustainability initiatives from Bruichladdich, the news comes on the heels of an announcement from parent company Rémy Cointreau, which recently committed to the science-based targets by joining the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative.

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