Whiskey warmer: green project wins award for Highland drinks giant biowaste business


Richard Gueterbock collecting the award on behalf of Clearfleau

A project which uses distillery waste to produce heat and electricity has won a top award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

ADBA member Clearfleau and Diageo Scotland received the prestigious Best Project honour at the 2013 Awards, organised by Scottish Renewables.

Their innovative scheme, at the Dailuaine Distillery near Charlestown-of-Aberlour, Moray, uses anaerobic digestion to extract energy from whisky by-products such as ‘pot ale’.

Richard Gueterbock, Marketing Director at Clearfleau, said the company was “surprised and delighted” to win the Project Award with Diageo Scotland. He continued:

The Dailuaine project is a great example of anaerobic digestion on an industrial site – converting co-products into green energy for use in the distillery.


As an emerging British company we look forward to delivering more Scottish projects in the food and drink sector and expect to be employing more people in Scotland in 2014.

The head of Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre and a groundbreaking local authority were also among those honoured at the event, held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and hosted by comedian and BBC Radio Scotland presenter Fred MacAulay.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

This year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards were our most competitive ever, and with good reason. The strength of the industry in Scotland was reflected in the calibre of nominations which we received for the awards, and the diversity of the shortlist showed just how important the renewables sector is increasingly becoming in providing employment and investment across the country.


Our congratulations go out to Clearfleau and Diageo Scotland, whose strong entries and subsequent successes shows they are just the kind of organisations Scotland’s renewables sector needs in order to continue to flourish.

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