Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

London Busses Are Now Being Powered By Coffee Biofuel

London Busses Are Now Being Powered By Coffee Biofuel

In an attempt to explore fossil fuel alternatives, a partnership between Shell, Argent Energy, biofuel company Bio-Bean, and Transport for London, the city's iconic double-decker buses will soon run on "B20 Biofuel", a proprietary combination of oil from coffee ground extracts and diesel.

Founder of Bio-bean said, "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource".

Lots of the city's 9,500 buses already run on biofuel derived from food waste, specifically cooking oil and beef tallow, and London's mayor Sadiq Khan has set an even more ambitious goal of creating a zero-emission transit system for the entire city by 2050.

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Used coffee beans will now be used to help fuel some of London's buses, clean technology company bio-bean has announced. It's a so-called B20 biofuel (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petroleum diesel) that Bio-Bean makes by collecting the used grounds, extracting the oil, and blending that with regular diesel. But thanks to a new project in London has its way, coffee won't just coax you out of bed, but also power the public transportation that takes you to the office as well.

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"Spent coffee grounds are highly calorific and contain valuable compounds, making them an ideal feedstock from which to produce clean fuels", the company says on its website.

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The average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, which produces over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, much of which would otherwise end in landfill with the potential to emit 126million kg of CO24. bio-bean works to collect some of these waste coffee grounds from high street chains and factories.

The collaboration with Shell is part of the oil giant's #makethefuture energy initiative, which supports entrepreneurs working on low carbon innovations.

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