Celtic Renewables Ltd is working toward transforming the biofuel market, working in close collaboration with its partners to provide a biofuel that is more sustainable than fossil fuel alternatives.

Bio Base Europe

Celtic Renewables has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles.

The partnership, which allows the company to develop its technology at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, has been made possible by second round funding worth £1.2million, including more than £800,000 from the UK Government, to help meet its ambition of growing a new £100 million-a-year industry in the UK.

It is the first company to trial biobutanol technology at the Belgian demonstrator pilot facility and also the first Scottish company to sign a partnership with BBEPP .

Established by the EU to enable the development of a sustainable biobased economy, BBEPP was established to support the advancement of sustainable biobased processes that cut reliance on non-replaceable fossil fuels.

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Tullibardine Distillery

Celtic Renewables has a Memorandum of Understanding with Tullibardine Distillery. Tullibardine are an independent family-owned malt whisky distillery in Blackford in Perthshire. The company has supplied us with draff and pot ale for our laboratory and pilot-scale experimentation for many years. Tullibardine will provide the raw materials for our commercial demonstration plant in the near future.



Doug Ross (MD - Tullibardine), Dr Doug Ward CBE, Prof Martin Tangney, Iain Gulland (Director of Zero Waste Scotland) and Mark Simmers at the Tullibardine Distillery


Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change of the UK Government in Westminster is a recent key partner with Celtic Renewables, with support through the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund which has provided significant funding and commercial incubation services. A £1m collaborative project has enabled Celtic Renewables to finalise its industrial process blueprint and to develop initial plans for the company’s first commercial production plant. The project also secured the engineering consultancy services of Mott MacDonald, which has allowed Celtic Renewables to receive third-party validation of the process blueprint, and develop detailed site assessment protocols for the location of the first plant.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is the economic development agency of the Scottish Government, and has supported Celtic Renewables since its inception in 2011. The original research project behind the company’s innovative process technology was funded by Scottish Enterprise’s Proof of Concept Programme from 2009-2011, and the successful completion of the research was the catalyst for the establishment of the company. Celtic Renewables has received funding support in the form of two SMART: Scotland Feasibility Awards, and from SE’s High-Growth Start-up team, and the company continues to be account managed by SE to provide a wide range of commercial support and advice for the senior executive team. Scottish Development International also supports Celtic Renewables’ international expansion plans

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is tasked with delivering the Scottish Government’s zero waste policy, and in championing the country’s drive for greater resource efficiency. Celtic Renewables received grant support through ZWS’s Innovation Fund, which helped to finance the company’s initial scale-up fermentation trials of the original laboratory research. ZWS recognise the huge positive impact the Celtic Renewables process could have in creating significant increased resource efficiency and reducing waste.

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (BioIC)

Celtic Renewables is a core member of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre in Scotland which helps to place the company at the heart of the IB sector in Scotland and allows access to a range of technology and commercial partners in the sector. The IBioIC was created in 2014 with funding from the Scottish Funding Council to help drive growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Scotland, and bring together the academic excellence, the industrial heavyweights and the innovative SME’s to collaborate to achieve this growth.


Celtic Renewables has a Confidential Disclosure and Sampling Agreement with Novozymes A/S of Denmark. Novozymes is a world leader in the production of industrial enzymes for a wide range of manufacturing processes. Novozymes will be working closely with us in the near future to create a range of bespoke enzyme preparations to ensure that our raw materials are converted into fermentable sugars in the most efficient manner.