First poo-powered bus hits UK roads

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A bus powered by human waste and sewage has hit the UK streets.

A bus service in Britain is about to get a whole lot greener and more sustainable after they launched their first bus powered by biomethane gas.

It's known as the "Bio-Bus" and will be running a shuttle service between Bath and Bristol Airport. The bus will get its gas from human and food waste that gets treated at a plant run by a biotechnology company called GENeco.

On a full full tank of biomethane gas the bus will be able to travel approximately 200 miles and pretty grossly, it's estimated to require the annual waste of five humans to fill the tank once.

As well as being renewable, it has another advantage over petrol and diesel; biomethane releases fewer emissions so is much better for our general health than those released from a vehicle that uses petrol or diesel.

GENeco's general manager Mohammed Saddiq offered a bit of interesting information about who actually powers the bus in a press release.

“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.

“Using biomethane in this way not only provides a sustainable fuel, but also reduces our reliance on traditional fossil fuels.”  

While the "Bio-Bus" might be the first transport vehicle powered by biomethane in the UK, it doesn't use as much of the renewable energy as a Sainsburys supermarket in the West Midlands, which according the Engadget uses the gas to power its whole store. 

For a better insight into how the whole process works check the video below.