Coffee oil-based biofuel to run London's buses

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According to the companies' statement, a new biofuel, containing part coffee oil, will be added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification.

"There is huge potential for this project to expand in the USA, which drinks the most coffee on the planet, 400 million cups of per day", the company said in a written statement.

Oil giant Shell and United Kingdom start-up bio-bean have teamed up on a project to provide a low carbon biofuel for London buses that contains waste coffee grounds collected from high-street retailers.

Bio-bean said there is "no formal agreement" to continue using its coffee oil in London, but it hopes to quickly find new markets and applications.

To create the fuel, coffee grounds are dried and processed before coffee oil is extracted. This coffee oil is then mixed with mineral diesel to create the biofuel for London's buses.

BUSES are now powered by coffee.

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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.

Transport for London has recently been trying to use more biofuel in an attempt to reduce pollution in the city and it is also reportedly putting a fuel made from cooking oil on trial.

Bio-bean, a technology company that recycles ground coffee, said it has produced enough coffee oil to run one bus in the capital for a year.

Representatives of bio-bean said that every year after drinking coffee in London remains about 200 000 coffee grounds.

Sinead Lynch, Shell UK country chair, said, "When it comes to clean energy, we are always looking for the next inventive solution".

Currently, Bio-Bean has enough on hand (six thousand litres) to power one bus for a year, but access to raw material shouldn't be an issue once things get up and running.




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