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London buses are now powered with old coffee grounds

2.5 million

With a mere 2.5 million cups of coffee, UK clean tech firm bio-bean says it can create enough biofuel to power one London bus for one year.

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2.5 million

London’s buses started using coffee-based biofuel today (Nov. 20). The company gathers grounds from shops, extracts oil from the waste, and mixes the liquid with diesel to produce the fuel.

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2.5 million

Bio-bean gets the coffee waste form a number of coffee chains, including Costa, the biggest coffee chain in the UK, with 2,300 stores. Costa sells some 170 million cups of coffee per year.

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2.5 million

London buses already use biofuel made from used cooking oil. London’s transport agency says that the fleet would release 15% fewer carbon dioxide if it was powered entirely by biofuels.

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