What if your caffeine fix could also power your commute? Certainly, if a start-up called Bio-bean has its way? Bio-bean is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and bio-chemicals. Bio-bean works within the existing energy and waste infrastructure, developing sustainable products and solutions to displace conventional fuels and chemicals.
When people talk about waste at a coffee shop, they might fixate on the massive pile of disposable cups that ends up in landfills. But the average coffee shop also throws out around 22 pounds of coffee grounds a day; in a city like London, that adds up to around 200,000 tons a year. Now, a new start-up plans to start turning that waste into fuel for cars and energy to heat local homes.
With some London buses already running on biodiesel, the company is initially aiming its fuel at the capital’s transport system. The company has already generated interest from coffee companies and big coffee shop chains, hoping to close the loop by running their own vehicles on the combustible caffeine. With more and more people installing solid fuel heating systems in their homes, as well, it looks like Bio-Bean’s biomass pellets will also find a ready market. Tests by the company show their ‘coffee pellets’ burn with 150% more energy than standard wood pellets, due to the higher oil content.
We at connect like to keep our standards high in all forms of eco –friendly business practices, everything from our transition to paper cups to our recycling methods. We commend the work that is being carried out, coffee can be seen as the soul of a hot drink so witnessing the resourceful evolution of coffee that is contributing in sustaining the built environment is simply amazing!
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