Bio-Bug car runs on human waste gas

Poo-powered VW Beetle under trial in Bristol

This ain't no Herbie. Just a very green Beetle.

The "Bio-Bug" (as its makers call it) runs on methane gas which is produced during the sewage treatment process.

GENeco, a Wessex Water owned company and specialists in organic waste solutions, have used equipment to treat gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth. This has been used to power a VW Beetle.

According to them, flushed water from 70 homes in Bristol can power the eco-car for a year.

Mohammed Saddiq, GENeco’s general manager, said, "If you were to drive the car you wouldn’t know it was powered by biogas as it performs just like any conventional car. It is probably the most sustainable car around.”

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Apparently, the choice of car was due to students who took part in a workshop - they thought the "poo-powered" car should be the Beetle because bugs naturally break down waste.

If the trial proves to be successful, GENeco would consider converting some of the company's fleet to run similarly.

While a number of companies in the UK are using CNG to fuel buses and commercial vehicles, using biogas from sewage is not very popular, despite a significant amount being produced everyday.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) said the launch of the Bio-Bug proved that biomethane from sewage sludge could be used as an alternative fuel for vehicles.

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