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Celtic Renewables: You Mustn’t Drink and Drive, But Your Car Should!


When someone thinks of the planet’s condition nowadays, they agree that Earth is not at a place where it should be. The carbon emissions have impacted 17% of the ozone layer by 2020 alone.

Some of the planet’s biggest enemies are factories and cars’ carbon emissions. However, carbon emissions and the dangers from vehicles’ gas exhaustion will become a thing of the past thanks to the invention of Martin Tangney. Martin benefited from using the old Scottish tradition of making whiskey. He tried his hand at changing the way the planet turns, and so he did with Celtic Renewables.

Celtic Renewables is the first-ever biofuel producing company, which bases its ingredients on pot ale and draft, the key components of the traditional Scottish whiskey.

If you want to know more about the story of the genius that Martin Tangney is, and the way he introduced the world to biofuel and all its benefits, read down below.


Martin was born in Edinburgh in the early 1980s. Growing up in a city that is as green as money, Martin was destined to eventually go green. As a child, Martin’s parents and closest family described him as being highly energetic, strong-willed, able, and always preferred the outdoors. His favorite past times were mostly spent near the countryside, with his family, breathing in the crisp Scottish air. The beautiful greenery and landscapes became forever entangled in his memories, as Martin and his siblings would frolic around on the famous Holyrood Park, never getting enough of nature’s benefits. Martin loved spending time in nature. As a little boy, he formed a connection to the Earth and vowed to protect it.

As the years went by, Martin became more and more aware of his surroundings. He would invent his own experiments to test how clear the water and air were, by simply exposing certain items to the elements. A sign that the air is not as clear as he thought, was how dark his clothes would get when dried outside. This is what sparked his keen interest in pollution. Being an advocate for going green from a young age, Martin devoted a significant amount of time researching what can be done to change the declining quality of everyday life on Earth.

Another key component in building Martin’s character was his admiration for his father. His father, like all the men in his family, would constantly engage in celebrations, and festivities that caused lads to partake in the enjoyment of whiskey. Even though Martin tried the drink, he could not stand the taste. Nevertheless, he also recalls this memory, which brought him much joy and laughter as to why he thought of using the drink as fuel, in the first place.


As he grew older, Martin developed a growing interest in bioenergy. Thanks to the knowledge he possessed regarding the ecosystem and the planet, Martin wanted to pursue a career in teaching. With a noble job as a professor, Martin will be able to shape the way many young minds think about the future of the planet. Martin nurtured his desire to spread the word of our planet’s deterioration, and call for action among his future students.

Because he slowly began to learn all the elements that contribute to the degrading ecosystem, Martin promised that he would not give up until the entire planet is green again. He realized that carbon dioxide emissions are the main cause of tainting the planet’s atmosphere, and its resident culprits were automobiles and factories. With this in mind, Martin continued to join the Edinburgh Napier University in 2000, where he would establish the UK’s first biofuel research center. After spending seven years of deeply studying the process for bio-sustainable fuel, Martin got his wish and became a professor at the University of Edinburgh.

The Biofuel Research Center was something that Scotland hadn’t experienced before and it skyrocketed with its development of sustainable biofuel. After seeing that the world is growing more and more interested in biofuel and the benefits of using it, Martin garnered all his strength to launch Celtic Renewables.

With a name specially chosen to pay homage to his Celtic heritage, his family, and his passion, he launched a biofuel-developing company that derives its key components from the by-products used in making whiskey. This way he immortalized his father’s memory.

In Bloom

Celtic Renewables was launched in Martin’s native Edinburgh in 2011. It became one of the first-ever biofuel producers of the generation. The new startup was a breath of fresh air the world desperately needed. With their high-value sustainable by-products, it completely reinvented the biological industry.

Martin wanted to use the £4 billion worth of Scottish malt whiskey industry to the Earth’s advantage. The industry became a source for developing biofuel, mostly biobutanol which is a direct replacement for petrol. Cars can now run on the same ingredients used for making one of the strongest alcohols out there.

The first few years, Celtic Renewables was met with distrust and doubts. Not many people wanted to believe that something bio-based can replace the strength of diesel. The first few years were difficult, however, more people warmed up to the idea of conserving the environment. The carbon emissions will gradually decrease, which will eventually prolong Earth’s lifespan, sort of speaking.

A few years after its initial start, Celtic Renewables signed a partnership with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to improve and connect their technologies. Another milestone was hit right after that when the company was awarded £1.2 million from private investors. The UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change also contributed £1 million to Celtic Renewables funding, after it was named the most Innovative Biotech SME in Europe by the EU parliament. This meant that the good cause was heard from around the world, and more people wanted to participate in saving the planet. In early 2020, Celtic Renewables raised £3,680,213 from Equity Crowdfunding.

In the spring of 2021, Celtic Renewables was backed with £30 million, which shows that Martin and his invention are not going anywhere, anytime soon. Creating a green opportunity for automobiles to run on biofuel was a huge step for mankind, a leap that humanity should have taken a long time ago.

After years of blooming on the market, Celtic Renewables was found above the most well-known biofuel companies out there. Celtic Renewables is placed above giants like REG Synthetic Fuels, Alpha High Tech Fuels, Cool Planet Energy Systems, and Linka energies to say the least. This meant that the good word about Celtic Renewables and its sources had spread across the globe. People were recognizing and experiencing the difference. It was crucial to understanding the necessity of switching to alternative sources of energy.

These were all successful steps that Martin had to patiently take to make his voice heard from around the world, but his ultimate goal was accomplished once he was awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, in 2018.

Celtic Renewables, Today

Celtic Renewables is still based in Edinburgh, but as Martin says, they plan on expanding throughout the world. Martin’s company has more than ten employees working on different uses for the bio elixir. This world is at a stage when there is no time to waste to save the planet. The only way to save it is to act right now. His dream of partaking in the planets’ saving finally came true. Who would have known that the recipe for biofuel was out there all along, basking in the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process.

Celtic Renewables is innovative in so many ways. Most importantly, it directly influences the decreased amount of carbon emissions and reduces waste normally caused by petrol. These renewables put the planet’s well-being in the first place, thus preventing the ecosystem from going extinct. Martin’s invention contributed to preserving the lush greenery of Edinburgh, alongside catalyzing the circular economy for Scotland.

Renewable, reusable, remarkable!