Biomass energy facility to make power from Scotch whisky byproducts

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London-based biomass energy development company Helius Energy opened the 8 MW CoRDe biomass energy plant in Rothes, Speyside, Scotland.

The facility uses byproducts from local Scotch whisky distilleries to produce renewable energy. The plant will also produce animal feed protein supplement.

The plant, owned and operated by the joint venture of Helius Energy, Rabo Project Equity, and the Combination of Rothes Distillers (CoRD), will generate 8.32 MW of electricity — enough to power 9,000 average homes.

Distilleries in the Speyside region of Scotland produce whiskies such as The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Cragganmore and Balvenie, which are exported all over the world.

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