‘Revolutionary’ fuel project in Barcaldine
FUEL will be cheaper and made as close to home as possible is the claim of a company from Barcaldine.
Their bio fuel is made from seaweed or grass and they believe it will become the way in which communities can make and sell their own fuel - and perhaps make a bottle or two of gin at the same time.
The Sustainable Project Partners (SPP) may seem like a pie in the sky project but, after working on it for many years, the team behind it say ‘it is real and it will revolutionise the rural and island communities’ as soon as the start of 2016 when the company begins to process up to 4,000 litres of fuel. The processing unit - that will be delivered later this month from manufacturers in Australia - looks not dissimilar to a whisky still.
Company CEO, Dr Bob Irving, has been developing
the project for many years and chose Barcaldine, near Oban, to develop the project due to funding from both the Scottish and UK governments.
Bob explains; ‘Our
fuels are fully sustainable. We turn organic waste like seaweed and grass and we take it through processes then convert it to ethanol. The aim is to make ethanol and blend it into petrol at a ratio of 97:3 and into a fuel in its own right.’
Bob’s background was in pharmaceuticals and the commercialisation of products. He has worked in both Canada and Australia before returning to the UK where he started.
Coming to work in Barcaldine made perfect sense to Bob.
‘We are up at the Marine Resource Centre in Barcaldine. It is, of course, where similar businesses have been based in the past - the Algenate factory was there,’ he said,
The bio fuel will become the way in which communities make and sell their own fuel - and make a bottle of gin as well at the same time.
Bob added: ‘It is not just ethanol that can be produced at different stages of distillation. We can also look at medical products for anti-bacterial use and food additives.
‘It will also produce gin. We want to talk to people who are interested in growing the seaweed and harvesting it. This will be a sustainable fuel.’
The kits to grow the seaweed and the stills will be manufactured and made available to communities in order for them to set up a business or a community- owned business.
Bob can be contacted at bobirving@ sppbioenergy. com
This will be a sustainable fuel . . . it will also produce gin