Celtic Renewables: Supporting a Sustainable Future

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Celtic Renewables: Supporting a Sustainable Future

(Research Assistant, Eve Hamilton and UK Sales Director, Steve Robertson)

We have installed yet another Whitley A85 Anaerobic Workstation at Celtic Renewables in Scotland. The A85 joins two other high-capacity Whitley Anaerobic Workstations on-site used for culturing anaerobic bacteria, which will then be used to seed fermentations in industrial scale vessels.

Celtic Renewables have a state-of-the-art commercial processing plant at Caledon Green, in Grangemouth, Scotland. Using their patented low-carbon technology, they convert locally sourced low-value materials into low-carbon, high-value sustainable biochemical products that can directly displace their petrochemical equivalents. By using by-products from whisky production to produce green chemicals, they are aiding the progression to more sustainable processing - which is a big focus in today’s world. In 2017, they made history by powering the world’s first car using biobutanol derived from local whisky residues.

"We have used Whitley anaerobic workstations to propagate our bacteria for the Acetone Butanol Ethanol (ABE) process since the 2000s.  The Research & Innovation team are based at Edinburgh Napier University and over the years the workstations have allowed us to do valuable research which has fed into our pilot demonstrator plant at Grangemouth.  Currently the workstations are allowing us to undertake the necessary work to develop our subsequent future plants.  The anaerobic workstations have been perfect for our needs and we have always found DWS to be very helpful and prompt at responding should we need them, and we will therefore continue to use them in the future."

Dr Julie Hawkins, Head of Research & Innovation at Celtic Renewables LTD.

The Whitley A85 is used when there is a need to easily process, incubate and examine samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen. Key benefits of the A85 Workstation include:

  • Economic running costs: Dual or three gas operation options to help minimise cost.
  • Huge capacity for samples: Accommodates up to 560 x 90mm plates and incorporates a large 36 litre airlock.
  • Customisable: Researchers can tailor the workstations to their specific needs with optional factory fit features and operating conditions.

After 14 years of the research team at Celtic Renewables using Whitley Workstations – from their initial university based R&D through to setting up Celtic Renewables and building the country’s first biorefinery - we are extremely thankful for their loyalty as well as their time to speak to us.

Stay tuned as we continue to share stories of visionary partnerships and ground breaking advancements, all fuelled by the culture of innovation and creating a better tomorrow.

(Research Assistant, Eve Hamilton with the Whitley A85 Workstation)


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