Shell, Bio-Bean Power London Buses with Coffee Ground Biofuel

Shell, Bio-Bean Power London Buses with Coffee Ground Biofuel

Shell, Bio-Bean Power London Buses with Coffee Ground Biofuel

Given the tiny proportion of coffee-based oil in the bus fuel, there was no immediate, empirical indication that the noisome whiff of central London's air would turn into the alluring aroma of, say, a Roman cafe, or even a Starbucks.

Biofuels produced from cooking oil and tallow from meat processing already powers some of London's 9,500 buses, according to the BBC.

Waste coffee grounds are dried and processed to extract the oil.

Coffee grounds are now being used to produce biofuel for London buses, it has been confirmed.

However, the release also claimed that this would be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to the London's public transport system.

Bio-bean collects waste coffee grounds from high street chains and factories and works with its fuel partner Argent Energy to process the extracted coffee oil into a blended B20 biofuel.

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"It's a great example of what can de done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped source", Arthur Kay, the company's founder. Buses can be powered using the fuel without the need for modification, it said.

Shell's collaboration with bio-bean and Argent Energy is part of Shell's #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs by turning energy innovations into a positive impact for communities worldwide.

Some 6,000 litres of coffee oil have been produced so far, the company said.

Bio-bean claims coffee sales create more than 200,000 tonnes of waste each year in London, and the company is collecting as much waste as it can from both factories and coffee shops.

"A good idea can come from anywhere, but with the scale and commitment of Shell, we can help enable true progress", said Lynch in a company statement.

In fact, if everyone in London just drank a mere 12 cups of coffee a day, we'd be able to power every single bus in London for a year.

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