In Brief

London transport system to start using new B20 biofuel made from coffee waste

Diesel fuel? So passé. What if the key to sustainable energy was powering public transportation with coffee beans? Bio-Bean, in conjunction with Argent and Shell Energy, created a new fuel alternative made from exactly that—coffee waste. The first test of B20 generated enough fuel to power a London double-decker bus for a year. Considering that London generates about 50,000 tons of coffee waste a year, it is projected that a third of the London transport fleet can be powered for a year using this Bio-Bean fuel.

The buses don’t need any engine or structural updates in order to accommodate the new fuel. London has ambitious plans for its bus system, hoping to make it 100% sustainable by 2050. Imagine if other coffee-drinking cities implemented this new fuel alternative. New York City, how about it?

Bio-Bean

Diesel fuel? So passé. What if the key to sustainable energy was powering public transportation with coffee beans? Bio-Bean, in conjunction with Argent and Shell Energy, created a new fuel alternative made from exactly that—coffee waste. The first test of B20 generated enough fuel to power a London double-decker bus for a year. Considering that London generates about 50,000 tons of coffee waste a year, it is projected that a third of the London transport fleet can be powered for a year using this Bio-Bean fuel.