‘Number two’ bus hits the road

The Bio-Bus which is powered entirely by human and food waste. Picture: PA

Britain’s first “number two” bus has taken to the road — powered entirely by human and food waste.

Bio-Bus, a 40-seater shuttle service between Bath and Bristol Airport, can travel up to 298km on one tank of gas.

The gas is generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that is unfit for human consumption. Engineers believe Bio-Bus could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport while improving urban air quality.

The gas produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines and is both renewable and sustainable.

It is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works, which is run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water.

This week, the company also became the first in the UK to inject gas generated from human and food waste into the national gas grid network.

Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, said: “Through treating sewage and food that’s unfit for human consumption we’re able to produce enough biomethane to provide a significant supply of gas to the national gas network that’s capable of powering almost 8,500 homes as well as fuelling the Bio-Bus.


We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

Sheila O’Flanagan can’t pin down an exact number of books she has written.First lady of fiction: Sheila O'Flanagan is happy to be accessible

This might not be the most entertaining topic but it is that time of year when colds, flus and nasty bugs enter classrooms and homes.Mum's the Word: Top tips for keeping nasty bugs and illnesses at bay

Laura Whalen is a Munster-based dollmaker and mother-of-five, and the founder of the Bábóg project, a community crafting drive to make a commemorative doll for all the babies born in Irish mother and baby homes.Made in Munster: Meet the West Cork dollmaker who uses bio-degradable materials for her craft

More From The Irish Examiner