London buses will run on waste coffee grounds from today

London buses will run on waste coffee grounds from today

"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 Bio-Bean's founder Arthur Kay.

Bio-Bean's biofuel is then directly put into selected London buses, which if continued, can decrease emissions from the transport industry through innovations in second-generation biofuels. Bio-bean collects that waste from coffee shops and factories and processes the sludge into oil. "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource".

Biofuels produced from cooking oil and tallow from meat processing already powers some of London's 9,500 buses, according to the BBC. Buses can be powered using the fuel without the need for modification, it said.

Biofuel provides a cleaner, more sustainable energy solution for buses across London's network by decreasing emissions1. 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.

Londoners consume an estimated 20 million cups of coffee each day, which adds up to roughly 200,000 tons of coffee waste over the course of a year.

So far the company has produced around 6,000 litres of coffee oil.

Shell UK country chair Sinead Lynch explains the inspiration for the company's campaign. A good idea can come from anywhere, but with the scale and commitment of Shell, we can help enable true progress. It should be noted that the sediment remaining after 2 550 000 cups of coffee, allows you to create biofuel, which is enough to refuel one bus during the year.

The company also sells "coffee logs", which are used in fireplaces and stoves as an alternative to wooden logs.

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