Coffee oil-based biofuel to power London’s buses
In a first, London's buses are going to be powered by biofuels, thanks to a collaboration between Bio-Bean, Shell and Argent Energy.
An average Londoner produces over 200,000 cubic tonnes of waste a year, much of which would otherwise end in landfill with the potential to emit 126million kg of CO24.
According to Reuter, the capital’s double decker buses will be filled with a B20 biofuel made from waste coffee grounds blended with diesel. According to Shell, an average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, producing over 200,000cubic tonnes of waste a year, much of which would otherwise end in landfill with the potential to emit 126million kg of CO24.
Argent Energy and Bio-Bean, Shell have claimed that they produced enough coffee oil to power one bus for a year, if used as a pure-blend for the 20 percent bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20 fuel.
“Our Coffee Logs have already become the fuel of choice for households looking for a high-performance, sustainable way to heat their homes – and now, with the support of Shell, bio-bean and Argent Energy have created thousands of litres of coffee-derived B20 biodiesel which will help power London buses for the first time,” said Arthur Kay, bio-bean’s founder. “It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource.”
“The fuel provides a cleaner, sustainable energy solution which will lower bus emissions in the UK capitol,” the oil giant said.
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has also pledged that from next year, all new single-decker buses in the centre of the city will be zero-emission, aided largely by a significant fleet of electric buses.