New Biofuel Uses Whisky Byproducts

Scientists say they have developed a biofuel for cars from waste produced in distilling Scotch whisky. The scientists say their new fuel is 30 percent more powerful than traditional biofuels, and it doesn't eat up valuable farmlands.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is Scotch power.

Alcohol and driving definitely should not mix, but scientists in Scotland are hoping to harness the power of their country's national drink to fuel cars.

Researchers at Edinburgh's Napier University say they have developed a new biofuel that uses whiskey byproducts - the stuff left over from the whiskey-making process. The scientists say their new fuel is 30 percent more powerful than traditional biofuels, and it does not eat up valuable farmlands, which has been a criticism of ethanol and other crop-based biofuels. And, of course, like many good whiskeys, it would normally be consumed as a blend - five or 10 percent whiskey, the rest traditional gasoline.

I wasn't drinking, officer. It was my car.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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