Coffee oil-based biofuel to run London's buses

Marcus Newton
November 21, 2017

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply, BBC reported. Seeing as I'm already on my third cup of the day writing this, hence all the maths going on here, I'm definitely doing my bit for London's transport situation.

Technology company Bio-Bean has launched its coffee biodiesel project, which aims to power some of London's buses through biofuel, created by oil extracts from coffee waste and diesel.

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.

The firm processes a B20 biofuel from used grounds it collects from coffee shops and factories.

The B20 biofuel contains a 20 per cent bio-component which contains part coffee oil.

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

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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.

"It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource", bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said.

Bio-bean estimates that Britain produces 500,000 tonnes of coffee grounds a year, most of which are discarded in landfills where they can emit harmful greenhouse gases.

Bio-bean has worked with Shell since winning the LiveWIRE Innovation Award in 2013.

Sinead Lynch, Shell UK country chair, said the company is always looking for the next inventive solution. If it were exclusively combined with the mineral diesel that would produce enough fuel to power a London bus every day for a year. Bio-Bean also offers bio-mass pellets and Coffee Logs, which can be used on stoves and open fires.

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