- UK's first poo bus is powered by human and food waste
- One tank of biomethane gas is equivalent to 186-miles
- Could be the first of many poo buses
At LV= we know our customers love their cars, but just how willing would you be to invest in models that use alternative fuels?
Would you, for example, be interested in fuelling your car with a green alternative? The UK's first bio bus is now in operation in south-west England and making the motoring headlines.
Transporting passengers between Bath and Bristol Airport, the 40-seater Bio-Bus is powered by a mixture of human and food waste. It can clock up an impressive 186-miles on a single tank of biomethane gas alone.
Developed by Bath Bus Company and GENeco – which transforms the waste into gas at treatment facility in Avonmouth – the bus, nicknamed the poo bus, is considered to be a sustainable way of fuelling public transport and boosting air quality.
The gas used to power the vehicle is developed through a process known as an anaerobic digestion. In short, microorganisms break down the waste into carbon dioxide, methane and water.
This process also rids the waste of any impurities, so you can be confident that when you get on board, you are not met with any unpleasant odours.
One individual's annual food and sewage waste can power the Bio-Bus for seven miles, while a full busload of passengers would allow it to travel from Land's End to John O'Groats.
When compared to diesel vehicles, the new Bio-Bus emits an impressive 30 per cent less carbon dioxide.
"The bus clearly shows that human poo and our waste food are valuable resources," commented Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
"Food which is unsuitable for human consumption should be separately collected and recycled through anaerobic digestion into green gas and biofertilisers, not wasted in landfill sites or incinerators."