CORNISH GEOTHERMAL DISTILLERY COMPANY Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company a spirited winner in Government's Green Distillery Competition

  • Jan 12, 2021
  • Electric Energy

It has been announced today (Jan 8) that the Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company (CGDC) has won one of the biggest research and development grants awarded in the Government's Green Distillery Competition.

The Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company's Celsius® project will receive £75,000 in the first phase of government funding aimed at cutting carbon emissions in the industry and supporting new, green jobs. The award is one of the highest among 17 successful distillery projects across Scotland and England announced today as winning between £44,000 and £75,000 from the £10million initial R&D fund.

CGDC is more than two years into the research and development of its £10million, 30 job Celsius® scheme to geothermally distill and mature rum in an ultra-high-tech, carbon neutral biome using heat and energy from Geothermal Engineering Limited's (GEL) pilot power plant at United Downs in Cornwall's historic mining heartland.

CGDC Founder Matt Clifford says, "As an ambitious, start-up distillery project, aiming to get everything sustainably right from the word go, we are overwhelmed and beyond grateful to be amongst the highest beneficiaries of the Government's Green Distillery award: it's an endorsement and an understanding at the very highest level of what we aim to do.

"We have poured our hearts and souls into this vision which combines our absolute passion for rum with root and branch sustainability, much-needed investment and quality full-time jobs utilising local skills and businesses in this part of Cornwall."

The Government's Green Distillery backing will allow eleven distillery projects across Scotland and a further six in England to kick-start green innovations, helping them harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass, repurposed waste - and in the Celsius® case geothermal energy - to power their operations.

The awards are part of the Government's stated commitment to a clean, resilient recovery, working towards the UK's goal of reaching net zero by 2050 and comes in addition to ambitious green targets announced in the Ten Point Plan and Energy White Paper.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng says, "Building back greener from the pandemic is something we can all raise a toast to. Every business can play a part in the green industrial revolution and this funding will allow UK distilleries to lead the way by making their production cleaner while also creating jobs."

CGDC's outline planning application for a rum cask maturation facility and visitor centre await consideration by Cornwall Council planners for land a pipeline and cable's distance from where GEL's project team has drilled over 5km into ancient granite to tap the deep geothermal heat from which significant quantities of clean, renewable electricity and heat will be produced in 2022.