A low-carbon method for extracting chemicals from biological residues
Celtic Renewables have reinvented a fermentation process with a rich and complex history to create valuable chemicals from the biological residue of production and manufacturing processes. Based on the ABE fermentation method that extracted Acetone, Butanol and Ethanol from biological feedstock like corn, Celtic Renewables' patented low-carbon method is able to extract these same chemicals from the residues of Scottish whisky production, providing a low-cost alternative source for products that currently depend on petro-chemicals; from biofuels for cars, trains and aeroplanes to low-carbon plastics, solvents and cosmetics.
At their facility in Grangemouth, Scotland, the company's Founder and President, Professor Martin Tangney OBE outlines the history and potential of ABE fermentation in other sectors, and how the technology can be adapted to convert the residue from other production, manufacturing and industrial processes. Creating high-value sustainable chemicals will reduce our reliance on petro-chemicals, and help to fuel the development of a circular bioeconomy.