Locogen and Logan Energy awarded £3m for Arbikie Distillery hydrogen power plan

The Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery near Montrose is one step closer to becoming net zero, after £3m of government funding was granted to UK renewables company Locogen in partnership with hydrogen technology firm Logan Energy.

The Phase 2 funding comes from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Green Distilleries Competition.

The competition aims to help distilleries cut CO2 emissions by one million tonnes, contributing to Scotland’s and the UK’s national target to be carbon neutral by 2045 and 2050 respectively.

This will see the duo work with Arbikie to install an onsite wind turbine and electrolyser that will generate green hydrogen – replacing the oil currently used by the distillery to raise steam for the distillation process.

The Arbikie project aims to showcase the technical feasibility of using hydrogen as an alternative fuel in distillation and other process heat applications.

Iain Stirling, director at Arbikie Distillery, said: “We are delighted to have won through to Phase 2 with Locogen and Logan Energy – we aim to be one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries so being able to use green hydrogen power will be another significant step in our sustainable journey”

Bill Ireland, chief executive of Logan Energy, said: “With the demand to switch to net zero technologies greater than ever, this project is a further example of the innovative ways hydrogen can meet the energy-solution challenges, like commercial heating, faced around the world – starting at home with one of Scotland’s most renowned exports. “

The Arbikie project will comprise a single 1MW wind turbine on Arbikie’s farmland, which will export the electricity generated to a green hydrogen hub via a dedicated private wire.

Green hydrogen will be created by the electrolyser and a direct pipe will take the stored hydrogen from the storage vessel to the existing plant room. A burner and boiler compatible with burning hydrogen will then be used to create steam which will deliver the heat for distillation.

Arbikie distils Nadar, what it claims to be the first climate-positive gin and vodka, alongside Highland Rye, the world’s only rye Scotch whisky.

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