The BioBus made by GENeco of Bristol is powered by the gas generated by human waste and food scraps that it stories in special tanks on its roof. The company says a year’s human and food waste from one rider can fuel the bus for a one-way airport trip. The company calls its bus “The UK’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo.”
Although technically accurate, the bus is not directly powered by poo and food scraps. Rather, the Bristol water treatment plant uses digesters to generate bio-methane. The plant supplies the bio-methane to both the local gas grid and also to the bus via a special fueling station it built. The bio-methane is better for the environment than using diesel according to the company. Commenting on the new poo-powered bus, GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: “Through treating sewage and food thats unfit for human consumption we’re able to produce enough biomethane to provide a significant supply of gas to the national gas network that’s capable of powering almost 8,500 homes as well as fuelling the Bio-Bus.”
The maiden voyage of the bus was Thursday November 20th. In a fun play on words the trip ran from Bristol to Bath.
Still image and video courtesy of GENeco.