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London’s used Coffee Beans Power the City with Green Energy

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    Posted on 30th April 2015 by Hintons

    In the ever-evolving world of renewable energy, there have been many innovations which have taken place during the last few years. One of the most interesting (and potentially rewarding) ideas has been developed by Bio-Bean. This award-winning green energy company has found a way to convert used coffee beans from London shops into a new form of recycled energy. No less than 130 tonnes of beans can be converted into a viable fuel source every day. As it is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 tonnes “brewing” as waste throughout the United Kingdom, it seems that Bio-Bean has come across a powerful solution to help meet the energy needs of London in a clean and efficient manner.

    From coffee beans to biodiesel

    One of the secrets behind the present success of Bio-Bean revolves around the proprietary means that are employed to change these diminutive beans into powerhouses of renewable energy. Once the beans are collected, they are modified into two different sources of power generation. These are either biodiesel or biomass pellets; each being able to replace traditional fuel products such as petrol or coal. Bio-Bean spokesperson, Daniel Crockett, explains, “Biofuels are an incredibly important bridging fuel as our reliance on traditional fossil fuels necessarily decreases.” As London is estimated to throw away more than 200,000 tonnes coffee beans each year, it only makes sense that this energy source be tapped for its potentially massive benefits.

    Presence in landfill will be lessened

    Bio-Bean has recently secured a new location within the former Alconbury Airfield; allowing the company to step up their production. Over time, this will enable Bio-Bean to streamline and increase their use of recycled beans. Chief executive and co-founder, Arthur Kay, states “This is a hugely exciting time for the company and we are grateful for the support we have had from the Alconbury team to get the planning application ready.” It should also be noted that the use of these beans to produce a fuel source will help to lessen their presence within local landfills; another side benefit that cannot be overlooked. Since the processes involved and the end product boast an extremely low carbon footprint, this is an efficient and cost-effective strategy. As the building itself is recycled, this only adds to the advantages that Bio-Bean intends to deliver in the coming months and years. It should finally be recognised that the disposal of used coffee beans costs the city of London no less than £53.2 million pounds per year. From an economic standpoint, this is a powerful incentive to harness their energy in a clean manner.

    Recycling in London

    While Bio-Bean intends to partner up with coffee shops and producers within the area, it is just as important to remember that everyone can do their part to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the city of London. At Hinton’s Waste, we are proud to offer our customers environmentally friendly solutions in terms of recycling and waste removal services. As we aim to recycle up to ninety per cent of our waste, the future of London and the entire UK indeed looks promising. Should you require our services or if you wish to learn more about the value of recycling, please feel free to contact us today.



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