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Poo-Powered VW Bug Hits British Streets

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 5, 2010 @ 11:16 am In Green Transportation,Poo Power! | 5 Comments

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POO POWER! GENeco, a waste treatment company in Bristol, UK set out to prove that bio-gas could be a reliable alternative transportation fuel, so they imported special equipment to help process their waste and upgraded a VW Bug [2] to run on methane. The poo-powered [3] Bio-Bug is being hailed as a breakthrough, because the bio-gas it runs on doesn’t affect the performance of the vehicle like previous versions of the fuel.

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The new Bio-Bug [5] only needs 70 homes worth of solid waste in order to drive 10,000 miles a year with a fuel efficiency of 5.3 miles per cubic meters of bio-gas. Modified from a conventional 2 litre VW Beetle convertible, the Bio-Bug can run on both conventional fuel and compressed methane gas. It actually needs a bigtof regular gasoline to start up, then switches to bio-gas [6] when it is warmed up, and can switch back to gasoline if it runs out. Previous attempts to run cars off bio-gas have resulted in a degradation of performance because the fuel wasn’t clean enough, but GENeco claims that they have improved the reliability to the point where performance is not affected at all.

GENeco [5], which is owned by Wessex Water, has a number of facilities around the country processing solid waste. Their facility in Avonmouth has been producing bio-gas which is used to generate electricity for the national grid for many years. About 18 million cubic meters of biogas is produced yearly – and amount which could power 95,400,000 miles of driving per year for a savings of 19,000 tonnes of CO2. The UK company plans on converting its fleet of vehicles to bio-gas after a trial period with the Bio-Bug.

+ GENeco [5]

Via BBC [7] and Daily Mail [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/05/poo-powered-vw-bug-hits-british-streets/geneco-bio-bug-4/

[2] VW Bug: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/22/bojka-bug-a-vw-beetle-covered-in-vintage-fabrics/

[3] poo-powered: http://inhabitat.com/2009/05/04/one-brick-two-bricks-lets-use-poo-bricks/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/05/poo-powered-vw-bug-hits-british-streets/geneco-bio-bug-3/

[5] Bio-Bug: http://www.geneco.uk.com/about/index.aspx?id=6028

[6] bio-gas: http://inhabitat.com/2008/03/13/poop-power-giant-vat-of-crap-to-produce-natural-gas-for-ca/

[7] BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/bristol/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8885000/8885314.stm

[8] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1300546/Dung-Beetle-The-methane-gas-powered-car-leaves-waste.html

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