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Arbikie to be ‘first’ green hydrogen-powered distillery

Scottish spirits producer Arbikie looks set to become the world’s first distillery to be powered by green hydrogen.

Arbikie distillation
The Arbikie distillery believes it will be the first to be powered by green hydrogen

Field-to-bottle distillery Arbikie has secured planning permission to build a 1 MW wind turbine on its farm at Lunan Bay on Scotland’s east coast. This will allow the production of green hydrogen – thought to be a world first for the spirits industry.

Green hydrogen will be created by an electrolyser, and the stored hydrogen will be used by a burner and a boiler compatible with burning hydrogen to create steam. This will be used for heat in distillation.

John Stirling, co-owner of Arbikie Distillery, said: “This has the potential to transform the distilling industry. We are delighted to be working with energy experts 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 on our sustainability journey.”

In 2020, Arbikie launched the ‘world’s only climate-positive’ gin, called Nàdar.

The gin has a carbon footprint of -1.54kg CO2e per 700ml bottle.

The distillery is working with hydrogen expert Logan Energy and renewables specialist Locogen on the green hydrogen project.

Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, added: “As demand to switch to net zero technologies continues to grow, this project is a good example of the important role hydrogen can play.”

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