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Mark Simmers is CEO of Celtic Renewables and I talked sustainability loops, bio fuel, whisky, advantages of basing business in Scotland, then I try to Orange Pill Mark with talk of stranded renewable energy bitcoin mining and Scotland as the next El Salvador!

"Our philosophy is to only use co-products, waste and residue from other industries... incineration is the last step because there's a lot of value you can extract first..."

"Scotland is a fantastic eco system for early stage business and investment... a great place to establish Celtic Renewables..."

"...Bitcoin as a global currency could be really important... for example to protect against exchange rate issues with overseas investment..." 

Celtic Renewables Ltd is an innovative start-up company formed to commercialise a process for producing a superior next generation biofuel and other high value sustainable products, from the by-products of biological industries.  Mark helped to co-found Celtic Renewables in late 2011, and has been the company’s CEO since its inception leading the growth of the company and securing over £30m of investment finance to fund that growth and the construction of the company’s first bio-refinery. Mark has won numerous investment pitching and business presentation awards on behalf of Celtic Renewables, and has built a strong and dynamic team at the company.

"..How can we create a (low cost, low carbon) energy hub, attracting businesses in...?"

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