The Power of Poo: Britain’s Bio-Bus

The Bio-Bus, nicknamed "the number two," will transport riders between Bath and Bristol.Credit: GENeco

The Bio-Bus, nicknamed “the number two,” will transport riders between Bath and Bristol.
Credit: GENeco

Here at ECS, we love to talk about renewable resources – and we also like talking about poop. And with Britain’s first ‘poo-powered’ bus hitting the roads, we have a perfect excuse to talk about both.

GENeco has developed the new 40-seat Bio-Bus, which is powered by human waste. In technical terms, the bus runs on the biomethane gas that is produced at a sewage treatment works in Avonmouth.

According to BBC, the bus can travel up to 300 km – or 186 miles – on one tank of gas. One tank would be equivalent to the annual waste of five people. Further, the vehicle will emit up to 30 percent less carbon dioxide than conventional diesel vehicles.

While this concept may be new in Britian, countries such as Norway, Germany and Sweden have all used or are using this technology.

The developer of the bus, GENeco, is an organization that looks for sustainable solutions.

“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 wee as fuelling the Bio-Bus,” said GENeco general manger Mohammed Saddiq in the company’s press release.

ECS is also looking to revolutionize the way we look at poo. See what we’re working on in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and connect with us to get involved in the conversation!

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