London Buses to be powered by a Biofuel Made from Coffee

For the first time, Shell and bio-bean announced on Nov 20 that together they are helping to produce enough coffee oil to power some of London’s buses. Technology firm bio-bean says it has added a biofuel made by blending oil extracted from waste coffee grounds to the public transport fuel supply. The London’s buses will soon be powered by this biofuel.

Transport for London (TfL) took this decision to reduce transport emissions.

-Biofuel made using waste products such as tallow from meat processing and cooking oil had already supplied in many of the capital’s 9,500 buses.

Working with biofuel producer Argent Energy, the B20 biofuel contains a 20% bio-component and 80% cent traditional diesel. The TfL is adding the biofuel to the London bus fuel supply chain without the need for modification to power some of the buses.

The announcement said that by decreasing emissions, the new B20 biofuel supplies a cleaner and sustainable energy solution to buses.

However, the release also claimed that this would be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to the London’s public transport system.

Founder of Bio-bean said, “It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource.”

Shell Singapore said, “The technology holds much potential for heavily motorised countries.”

General Manager of external relations at Shell Singapore, Jason Leow said that the amazing development is not just beneficial for those in London, but also cities worldwide, looking to be powered by more sustainable energy-efficient public transport systems.


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