IMP seminar:Carbon Neutral Distillery: towards a fully sustainable production


Classroom 2, Sanderson Building


Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00


As a matter of fact, distilleries represent a power-intensive production process, in which significant amount of fossil fuels are burned to generate the energy required for the final product manufacture. For this reason, power savings and highly efficient energy production systems have become crucial to move these processes towards a sustainable approach. In this work, we are delighted to show our innovative production configuration, wherein advanced energy recovery systems are implemented to achieve a process where energy can totally come from renewable sources. In particular, we are going to display a practical case of a complete Single Malt Whisky Factory, able to produce two million of pure alcohol per year (2 MLA) with entirely green attitude. The process will be described and analysed in detail, a comparison with a standard configuration will be carried out, giving information about energy savings, CO2 emissions cuts, water demand, cooling loads, etc. An economical investigation will be accomplished to understand the payback time of our fully sustainable manufacturing configuration.

Key words:

Carbon Neutral Distillery, Zero Carbon Footprint, Mechanical Vapor Recompression, Pot Still Distillation.


Brave New Spirits:


Filippo Cannoni is the Business Unit Leader for Distillation at Omnia Technologies, a leading Group in automation technologies for the wine, spirits and beverage industry. After a master’s degree in Electronics he joined Frilli in 1999 as Process Technician. After 5 years he moved to the sales department and directly followed several key customers, firstly as Sales Manager and then as Sales Director. When Frilli joined Omnia Technologies in 2021, he was appointed as BU Leader for Distillation for his technical background and commercial expertise.

Marco Riccomi holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Pisa and he is a Sales Engineer at Frilli, an Italian company specialized in the design of tailor-made distillation plants and complete distilleries for the production of spirits and alcohol from any raw material – since 2021 part of Omnia Technologies. Marco started his career as Process Engineer, a position that allowed him to participate in the design and commissioning of Spirits | Bio-Ethanol production plants. Currently, he supports Frilli’s Sales team developing all the technical documentation for commercial proposals.

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Nan Yu

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