London buses to run on a new fuel : Coffee

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Bio Bean, a British startup has partnered with Shell and Argent Energy to create a coffee-based biofuel that will be used in London’s diesel buses from Monday. The company has created the biofuel blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel that can be used as a fuel for London buses.

Arthur Kay, founder of Bio-bean helped develop coffee oil that can be used to power buses.

Arthur Kay – Founder of Bio Bean

According to Bio Bean Londoners create 200,000 tonnes of coffee waste a year and the company has the used grounds from coffee shops and instant coffee factories, to extracts oil in its factory.

The company has signed an agreement with London’s Transport Authority and has provided 6000 liters of Coffee Oil. This quantity is will be helpful to help power the equivalent of one city bus for a year.

Bio-Bean names the fuels as B20 because of its makeup of 20% biocomponents. The company has also said that the fuel doesn’t need any modification and will be ready to be used in buses, which in turn will also reduce the costs.

“It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource.” – Arthur Kay said in a statement.

“Spent coffee grounds are highly calorific and contain valuable compounds, making them an ideal feedstock from which to produce clean fuels.”– it added.

Lawmakers in London have set a target date and by  2050 to the city will have a  transit system which will be completely emission-free.

when asked about expansion Arthur said he will be eyeing US market before expanding to Europe and Canada.

“There is huge potential for this project to expand in the U.S., which drinks the most coffee on the planet, 400 million cups of per day.” — he said.

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