Britain’s first bus wholly powered by human and food waste has started taking riders from Bristol Airport to the city of Bath, BBC News reports.
The 40-seat “Bio-Bus”, affectionately nicknamed the “poo bus”, runs on biomethane gas generated by treating sewage and food waste.
The eco-friendly vehicle, operated by tour operator Bath Bus Co., can travel up to 300 kilometers on a tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.
The biomethane gas is generated at the Bristol sewage treatment works run by GENeco. The company is a subsidiary of Wessex Water, a water supply and sewerage firm owned by the Malaysian power company YTL Corporation.
GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq was quoted by the BBC as saying: “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.”
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