Sustainable gin from first-ever hydrogen-powered distillery

29 August 2019

First gin distillery to produce environmentally friendly gin by using hydrogen from renewables.

A gin distillery has secured a share of £40 million of new government funding, as part of a £390 million government investment announced today to reduce emissions from industry, to use hydrogen power in its distillation process.

The Orkney distillery in Scotland will convert from using liquid petroleum gas to hydrogen to make the distillation process more environmentally friendly as part of the HySpirits project. The project would use locally-produced ‘green’ hydrogen to supply zero-carbon heat for the gin distillation process. This could reduce emissions from the plant by around 86 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The government funding also includes:-

  • £40 million Hydrogen and Fuel Switching Innovation Fund to explore how the technology can be rolled out across the UK to help cut emissions
  • £100 million competition to enable greater supply of low carbon hydrogen for use across the economy to help businesses decarbonise
  • £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the iron and steel industry, which currently accounts for 15% of industry emissions, to transition to a low carbon future, including using hydrogen.

Climate Change Minister Lord Duncan, said: ‘It’s great to know we can all enjoy an environmentally friendly tipple while helping our planet as we press towards a net zero emissions economy by 2050.’

‘Developing hydrogen technology has the potential to not only reduce emissions from industry, but could also help us seize the opportunities of the global shift to cleaner economies – with the prize of up 2 million jobs and £170 billion of annual exports by 2030.’

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