Monday, June 17News For London

Today, London Buses to be powered by coffee grounds

Waste coffee grounds will be used to fuel some London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean clean technology company revealed.

London double-deck Buses [Photo : Flickr]
A new biofuel that contains oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is added to the London bus public transport fuel supply chain. The oil is without need for modification.


Bio-bean said Londoner average drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, which produces over 200 thousand tonnes of waste a year and much of waste ends in landfill. The British coffee association also said UK people consumed 55 million cups of coffee per day.

The company currently has produced 6000 litres, sufficient to power one bus a year and is collecting waste coffee grounds from high street coffee shop chains and instant coffee factories.

Bio-bean’s founder Arthur Kay said the development was “a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource”.

Sinead Lynch, Shell UK country chair, said: “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.”

The new biofuel implementation echoes London Clear Air Act. Transport for London (TfL) has introduced around 3000 Ultra low emission double-deck buses in central London by 2019 and over 250 zero mission single-deck buses in central London by 2020.


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Editor: Sreelakshmi  Vachaspathy