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Shell and Bio-Bean brewing new diesel fuel

  • Shell, Bio-Bean and coffee drinkers go green
  • 200 000 tonnes of grounds for diesel
  • London buses using well-brewed fuel
NEW FUEL BREWING? A company in the UK has found a way to turn your morning-coffee grounds into diesel fuel. Image: Newspress
NEW FUEL BREWING? A company in the UK has found a way to turn your morning-coffee grounds into diesel fuel. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England – Fuel supplier Shell and a company called Bio-Beam are planning to power some of London’s iconic red buses with a bio-fuel made partly from filter coffee grounds.

The fuel contains a 20% concentration of a bio-component containing coffee-bean oil which will be added to the fuel supply for the buses without further modification.

The average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of filter coffee a day which produces more than 200 000 tonnes of waste a year, much of which would otherwise end up in landfills with the potential to emit 126-million kg of CO2.

INNOVATION INTO REALITY

Bio-Bean claims to be able to collect some of these waste grounds from High Street chains and factories.

The collaboration is part of Shell’s #makethefuture energy relay which supports entrepreneurs who want to turn bright energy innovations into something positive for countries around the world.

Sinead Lynch, chairman of Shell UK, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “We’re always looking for the next inventive solution for clean energy. A good idea can come from anywhere but, with the scale and commitment of Shell, we can help progress.

“We’re pleased to be able to support Bio-Bean to test this innovative energy solution in bus fuel.”

PELLETS AND BRIQUETTES

Bio-Bean founder Arthur Kay won the 2013 Shell LiveWIRE’s Innovation Award and the 2012 London Mayor’s Entrepreneur Programme with his idea of turning coffee waste into fuel.

Since then Bio-Bean has produced bio-mass pellets and briquettes called Coffee Logs before this latest bio-fuel innovation.

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