London Buses Will Soon Run on Recycled Coffee Grounds

London Nov 20 Waste coffee grounds will be used to help power some of London’s buses from Monday according to transport authorities

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply, BBC reported.

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

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.

London buses are set to be fuelled by a rather unusual item - waste coffee grounds. Bio-bean collects that waste from coffee shops and factories and processes the sludge into oil. According to official figures in 2015, London's buses used 240 million liters of diesel fuel a year.

Bio-Bean's biofuel is then directly put into selected London buses, which if continued, can decrease emissions from the transport industry through innovations in second-generation biofuels. With some help from Shell, the company has so far produced enough coffee-derived biofuel to run one double-decker bus for a full year.

"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 in a statement. About 6000 litres of coffee oil have been produced - which can power one diesel bus in London 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 the company is always looking for the next inventive solution.

"We're pleased to be able to support Bio-Bean to trial this innovative new energy solution which can help to power buses, keeping Londoners moving around the city - powered in part by their waste coffee grounds", she added.

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