The first bus in the UK powered entirely by human and food waste has been unveiled.
The 40-seat “Bio Bus” runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and good waste.
It can travel up to 300 kilometres on a full tank of gas, which takes the yearly waste of around five people to produce and reduces carbon emissions by up to 30% compared to conventional diesel vehicles.
Run by GENeco – a subsidiary of Wessex Water – the Bristol sewage treatment plant processes around 75 million cubic meters of sewage waste and 35,000 tonnes of food waste a year.
A total of 17 million cubic meters of biomethane, enough to power almost 8,500 homes, is expected to be generated every year.
Mohammed Saddiq, GENeco General Manager said: “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.”
Tour operator Bath Bus Company will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre.