When it comes to alternative fuel for vehicles, electricity and hydrogen immediately come to mind. Human waste? Not so much. But a UK-based company called GENeco has managed to create a bus that runs entirely on food waste and human sewage.
The Bio-Bus seats 40 people and can travel 186 miles on one tank of biomethane gas, which “requires roughly the annual waste of five people to fill,” Quartz reports.
Mohammed Saddiq, the managing director of GENeco, said in a press release that “the bus is powered by people living in the local area [of Bristol], including quite possibly those on the bus itself.”
The Bio-Bus emits 30 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional diesel fuel. And Saddiq told CNBC that the bus will also be able to reduce harmful emissions by 97 percent and improve overall urban air quality.
In 2010, GENeco conducted their first biomethane gas experiment by launching the UK’s first Volkswagen Beetle that runs on human waste. Currently, human waste is being used to heat thousands of homes in the UK. According to CNN, experts estimate that biomethane gas produced from sewage could replace around 10 percent of the UK’s entire domestic gas needs. In the race to find more sustainable energy resources, biomethane gas could be a legitimate contender.
“The very fact that [the Bio-Bus is] running in the city should help to open up a serious debate about how buses are best fueled, and what is good for the environment,” James Freeman, the managing director of First West of England, told The Guardian.
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Top photo courtesy of GENeco’s Facebook page