What would be your reaction if you get to know, the bus you are taking as shuttle to the airport is actually run by your poop ! Well, you heard it right ! The latest eco friendly initiative in England is actually transforming landfill-bound organic waste and excreta into bio-based fuel. To be more precise, it is a poop-powered shuttle service.
One of its first kind in United kingdom, this shuttles buses run entirely based on food waste, and human excreta. Methane rich bio-gas, which is obtained from the waste, is then used as a fuel to power vehicle.
Bio-Bus is a 40-seat transit vehicle, that it runs along the 20-mile-long A4 route, which ferries commuters between Bristol Airport in North Somerset and the historic, tourist-inundated city of Bath with several local stops in between. According to the operator of the Bristol sewage treatment works, GENeco, the Bio-Bus can travel 186 miles on a full tank of biomethane gas, which requires the annual waste of five people to produce. A single person’s annual waste, both edible and flushable, would fuel the bus for 37 miles. The annual waste generated by an entire bus-load of passengers would provide enough fuel for a return trip across Great Britain from Land’s End in the extreme southwest of England to John O’ Groats in the extreme northeast of Scotland.
It is also estimated, that in the suburb of Avonmouth, approximately 75 million cubic meters of sewage and 35,000 metric tons of food waste, collected from households along with local grocery stores and food manufacturers, is treated annually. This facility is capable of producing an estimated 17 million cubic meters of biomethane from this waste each year.
Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, in a press statement issued by parent company Wessex Water:
Through treating sewage and food that’s 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 fueling the Bio-Bus.
Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities, but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself.
The bio-bus couldn’t have been launched at a better time, as Bristol, is tauted as the eighth most populous city in the U.K. This Bio-Bus also vouches, that the CO2 emissions are 30 percent less than buses with conventional diesel engines, thus making it hugely environment friendly, in all respects.
In addition to the Bath-to-Bristol airport service, Bath Bus Company operates open-top sightseeing coaches in England and Wales with routes in Windsor, Cardiff, and Eastbourne.