Economy

London buses to be powered by coffee waste

London buses to be powered by coffee waste

The operator of the public transport system in the British capital, Transport for London have been looking for the opportunity to move to a less environmentally harmful fuel. Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in numerous capital's 9,500 buses, the report said. Bio-bean collects the unwanted grounds, mostly from London coffee shops, for processing.

Working with biofuel producer Argent Energy, the B20 biofuel contains a 20% bio-component and 80% cent traditional diesel. According to official figures in 2015, London's buses used 240 million liters of diesel fuel a year. Once processed, the fuel source can be used on London buses without needing to modify the engine.

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

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

We have started in the United Kingdom, but imagine the potential of a country like South Africa, that drinks more than three-billion cups of coffee a year.

This latest collaboration is part of Shell's #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. 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.

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Sinead Lynch, Shell's United Kingdom country chair, said: "We're pleased to be able to support bio-bean to trial this innovative new energy solution which can help to power buses, keeping Londoners moving around the city - powered in part by their waste coffee grounds".

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

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