Shell collaborates on biofuel to help power London buses

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Both also revealed that the biofuel being produced, which includes coffee oil, can be used in the buses without the need for modification. Seeing as I'm already on my third cup of the day writing this, hence all the maths going on here, I'm definitely doing my bit for London's transport situation.

At present, according to Transport for London, which operates London's public transportation system, the city authorities want to ensure that increasing numbers of buses are fueled by a blend of diesel and biofuels made of products such as waste cooking oil and tallow from meat processing companies. Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in numerous capital's 9,500 buses, the report said.

The firm processes a B20 biofuel from used grounds it collects from coffee shops and factories. This is then mixed with other fats and oils to create a 20 percent biocomponent of B20 fuel. "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource".

The average Londoner drinks just under two and a half cups of coffee a day, producing over 200,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds per year.

Bio-bean has been using coffee to deliver energy for a short while now, giving households the ability to burn coffee instead of wood for their fires.

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Transport for London (TfL) took this decision to reduce transport emissions.

"A good idea can come from anywhere, but with the scale and commitment of Shell, we can help enable true progress", said Lynch in a company statement.

Coffee is already one of the primary fuel sources for most working professionals around the world.

Currently, Bio-Bean has enough on hand (six thousand litres) to power one bus for a year, but access to raw material shouldn't be an issue once things get up and running.

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