Coffee to power buses in London

In a first, coffee-derived biofuel will be used on London’s public transport system.


To run some of London’s buses, a biofuel made from waste coffee grounds is to be used from Monday.

This biofuel will be made by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel which is then added to the public transport fuel supply, reported BBC. People in London produce 200,000 tonnes of coffee waste every year, according to technology firm bio-bean.

The firm extracts oil from these used grounds from coffee shops and instant coffee factories, which is then processed into a blended B20 biofuel.

According to bio-bean, coffee oil enough to power one bus for a year has been produced.

“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.

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