A whole ‘latte’ clean power

Posted 05/08/2019 by E.ON

Energy can come from unlikely sources as we try to find evermore sustainable ways to live. For example, UK company, bio-bean® is creating solid fuel from coffee waste.

Around the world almost 10 billion tonnes of coffee is consumed annually leading to an awful lot of coffee ground waste. The UK alone produces around 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds every year, most of which s disposed of via landfill where it emits methane. This greenhouse gas is 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 100 year period, and a huge contributor to climate change.

But bio-bean is helping to address the problem. The company collects the used coffee grounds from coffee shops, office blocks, and factories to turn them into sustainable energy products.

It makes Coffee Logs for homes which can be used as a sustainable alternative to conventional fuels in woodburners, stoves and on open fires.

It has also developed coffee grounds pellets which are used in biomass boilers for industrial scale heating. Costa Coffee is now processing all its waste coffee grounds through bio-bean, which means the equivalent of 360 tonnes of CO2 is being saved from entering the atmosphere every year. This has the same environmental impact as planting a forest the size of 95 football pitches each year.

From renewable power solutions like solar and battery to our large-scale biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield, we’re always looking for innovative solutions that help make our lives more sustainable. And we now offer 100% renewable electricity to all our customers as standard too.

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