The UK’s first waste-powered “Bio-Bus” will run between Bristol and Bath.
Biomethane gas farmed from human and food waste will fuel the eco-friendly vehicle.
Mohammed Saddiq, General Manager of GENeco, which runs the local sewage treatment plant where the gas is gathered, said: ‘Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities.’
‘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 bus will be used as a shuttle service, taking passengers from Bristol Airport to Bath City Centre.
One tank of gas takes about the yearly waste of five people and will allow the vehicle to travel up to 300km (186 miles).
‘The bus also clearly shows that human poo and our wasted food are valuable resources,’ said Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, Charlotte Morton.
‘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.’
75 million cubic metres of sewage and 35,000 tonnes of food waste is treated at the Bristol sewage works every year. This could be converted in 17 million cubic metres of biomethane, which is enough to power 8,500 homes annually.
By Peter Jepson