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11 Jul, 2015 11:24

Drink beer, save the planet! NZ company introduces world’s first beer-based fuel

Drink beer, save the planet! NZ company introduces world’s first beer-based fuel

A New Zealand beer company claims it has come up with a novel idea about how to save the planet “from war and pollution” - with a new type of biofuel, dubbed Brewtroleum. It’s made from the brewing process’s production waste.

“Our world is in peril. War and pollution caused by oil and greed has pushed our planet to the brink. But there is hope... Introducing DB Export Brewtroleum! We’ve actually gone and done it. A biofuel made from the leftovers after we finish brewing DB Export,”said DB Breweries in a press release.

Photo from facebook.com/dbexport

The company says it managed to blend about 30,000 liters of ethanol with petrol. The ethanol was extracted from more than 58,000 liters of leftover yeast slurry. About 300,000 liters of Brewtroleum was produced.

“We drank beer and had an idea: taking the yeast and grain leftover after we finish brewing DB Export, and turning it into a biofuel. We got it done, and now it's available at the pumps at Gull New Zealand. We call it: DB Export Brewtroleum,” the company added.

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Our first batch of #dbexportbrewtroleum is flowing at Gull Kingsland. $50 free tanks here until 1pm then available at @GullNewZealand

— DB Export Beer (@DBExport) July 6, 2015

According to DB Export spokesman Sean O'Donnell, this ‘beer-bio-fuel’ is the first green fuel made from a beer-related product.

"This is a genuinely exciting opportunity. It's a world-first, we're helping Kiwis save the world by doing what they enjoy best – drinking beer. If you were to fuel your car with biofuel over a year it would be over 250 tonnes of carbon emission you would be saving," O'Donnell told New Zealand’s press.

Image from dbexportbeer.co.nz

He added that Brewtroleum “emits 8 percent less carbon than normal petroleum and delivers the same performance.”

The ‘unique’ beer-fuel was first presented on July 6 at a petrol station in Auckland. Brewtroleum is now sold at 60 Gull petrol stations across New Zealand’s North Island.

Get down to Gull Kingsland right now for $50 FREE DB Export Brewtroleum between 12-1 before the queue gets longer! pic.twitter.com/U6uFi6H3lo

— DB Export Beer (@DBExport) July 5, 2015

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Green MP Gareth Hughes who was at the launch, told Stuff.co.nz news that in New Zealand there is “a great opportunity to use more biofuel.

"If we can be producing our own biofuel from waste products like beer yeast, that's good news for the environment and I just want to say good on DB for this example of innovation."