Pictured from left to right are Lord Duncan, UK Climate Change Minister; Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC and Stephen Kemp, Owner of Orkney Distilling Ltd.
The HySpirits project has been awarded £148,600 of funding from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to conduct a feasibility study into the development of technology to enable The Orkney Distillery to use hydrogen as a fuel to decarbonise the distilling process.
The project aims to investigate the development of a thermal fluid heater system to operate with hydrogen as the combustion fuel within the distilling process. This system will remove the need to use fossil fuels such as kerosene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), for the process.
The HySpirits study brings together three different organisations with a common drive to decarbonise energy. Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the other partners are Orkney Distilling Ltd, the site selected for hydrogen fuel integration, and Edinburgh Napier University who will assess the distillery site and develop the hydrogen system design and specification.
Funding for the HySpirits project was awarded after successfully competing in the Industrial Fuels Switching Competition run by BEIS earlier this year, which aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies.
Now in its second phase, the competition offers funding for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies to enable the use of a low-carbon fuel across industrial processes.
The winners of the Industrial Fuel Switching competition were announced on Thursday 29 August by Lord Duncan, in advance of a ministerial visit to Orkney.
Lord Duncan, Climate Change Minister, said:
“Using the power of hydrogen could help cut emissions, create jobs and make industrial processes cleaner and greener, benefitting the whole economy as we work towards net zero by 2050.
“This innovative project from HySprits/EMEC will help our efforts to roll out hydrogen at scale by the 2030s – a crucial step towards the end of the UK’s contribution to global warming.”
Hydrogen has been identified as an alternative fuel for energy intensive industrial processes, such as distilleries. If the technology and business case detailed in the feasibility study proves viable, this offers a substantial decarbonisation opportunity for the wider industry and The Orkney Distillery could become the world’s first hydrogen fuelled distillery.
Additionally, it is hoped that the findings of this study can be replicated across the sector with the added benefit that the technology will be designed to be retrofitted into existing infrastructure.
Stephen Kemp, Director of Orkney Distilling Ltd, said:
“As we look to the future development of The Orkney Distillery and our product offering, it is essential that we innovate in order to drive a low carbon, energy efficient spirit production process. This collaboration with EMEC and Edinburgh Napier University is incredibly exciting, and a world first for the industry.
Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC, said:
“Working with a world class craft distillery, the HySpirits project blends tradition with innovation. Decarbonising the distilling process with green hydrogen derived from local renewables is a great example of the creative ways Orkney is addressing the challenges of the energy transition. We’re proud to be partnering with Orkney Distilling Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University on this transformational project.”
Professor John Currie, Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, said:
“Industrial fuel switching, in order to lower carbon emissions, provides a significant challenge, particularly in the food and drink sector. This project has brought together a partnership which has enabled the development and exploitation of a readily-deployable hydrogen technology which can make a significant impact across the process industries in order to help achieve our global objectives.”
Pictured are Lord Duncan, UK Climate Change Minister (left) and Stephen Kemp, Owner of Orkney Distilling Ltd (right).
Earlier in the year, we entered our gin into the Great Taste 2019 Awards. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste is often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drinks industry, recognising high quality food and drink producers.
We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our Aurora Gin and Kirkjuvagr Gin have both been awarded with a Great Taste badge for 2019. Aurora came away with 2 stars and Kirkjuvagr 1 star.
In order to celebrate this achievement with you, our customers, for a limited period of time we are offering 10% off our entire collection!
Simply enter the code GT10 at the checkout.
We can’t quite believe that it’s been a year since we opened the doors to The Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre here in Kirkwall. What a year it has been! We’ve hosted thousands of people on distillery tours, developed and launched four new gins and hosted amazing events ranging from the St Magnus International Festival to an evening with the Consul General of Japan.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited us over the last year - we love meeting so many interesting people from around the world who are as passionate about gin as we are. Also, a big thank you to our wonderful team who demonstrate huge commitment that ensures we deliver a fantastic experience for all our customers.
If you’re here in Kirkwall on Friday, then pop by for some very exciting birthday fun. We’ll have special cupcakes and cocktails available, live music from the amazing Eric Linklater in the evening plus free tours of the production area every hour from 10am – 5pm. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. We hope to see lots of you to join us in raising a glass!
The 2019 Scottish Gin Award finalists were announced yesterday, and we are delighted to share the news that we have made the final in two categories: Scottish Destination of the Year and High Strength Gin of the Year for our Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin.
The Orkney Distilling team are immensely proud to be nominated and recognised as one of Scotland’s best gin destinations, a week before the distillery celebrates its first birthday.
As we enter our second year of operations at our distillery in Kirkwall, we have been overwhelmed with the support and feedback received by locals and visitors alike. We are tremendously proud of our distillery and it is fantastic to meet gin lovers who have travelled from near and far to experience one of our tours or experiences.
Haven’t yet visited us? Our distillery tours and gin making experiences are the ideal attraction for gin enthusiasts visiting Orkney. The distillery tours run at 11am and 2pm each day (except Sundays) with extra tours added for peak times. During the tour, you will learn about the distilling process with one of our friendly tour guides, and you’ll also get an opportunity to sample our gins whilst overlooking Kirkwall’s harbour.
Interested in visiting the home of Kirkjuvagr Gin? Click the button below to book your tour.