GENeco Bio-Bug protoype that runs on human excrement unveiled

A VW Beetle, dubbed the “Bio-Bug”, has been converted to run on methane gas produced by human excrement.

The prototype was created by GENeco, a Bristol firm specialising in sustainability and organic waste.

See pictures of the GENeco Bio-Bug and how the process works

The car can travel for 10,000 miles – one average motoring year – using an amount of excrement equivalent to that produced by 70 homes over a one year period. Its economy is 5.3 miles per cubic metre of biogas and it can reach a top speed of 114 mph.

The car is started with regular petrol, then automatically switches to methane once the engine has warmed up. Mohammed Sadiq of GENeco 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."

The gas used for the Bio-Bug came from the Wessex Water plant in Avonmouth and is generated through anaerobic digestion, which uses bacteria to process organic matter.

Before the gas can be used to power the car, the CO2 is removed to improve performance.

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9 August 2010

Possibly the ideal solution to Ministerial cars for all the elected officials and MPs etc?? Surely their verbal output would be adequate to run a fleet of these without any running cost to the tax payer?

9 August 2010

[quote Autocar]A VW Beetle, dubbed the “Bio-Bug”, has been converted to run on methane gas produced by human excrement. [/quote]Poo.

9 August 2010

[quote Autocar]A VW Beetle, dubbed the “Bio-Bug”, has been converted to run on methane gas produced by human excrement. [/quote]

surely dubbed the "Dung-Beetle"? must have been said by everyone.

[quote Autocar]Its economy is 5.3 miles per cubic metre of biogas[/quote]

isnt gas measured with a pressure figure also? as people might think the car might realistically have a range of about 2 miles for an average sized fuel tank.

if methane isnt going to just be a smell on the wind and engines can readily run on the stuff, russia could make good use from its Siberian bogs/ice fields containing vast tracts of methane.

9 August 2010

The dung beetle joke is the only point for this article. Methane is widely used in Otto engines for passenger cars in many places, dubbed "compressed natural gas", requiring little engine modification except for an additional set of injectors. The innovation is in the way the CNG is obtained, not the car that uses it.

9 August 2010

Is that engine naturally aspirated or turdocharged?

I'll get me coat.....

9 August 2010

What a load of Sh*t !!!!

9 August 2010

So the cabriolet version will give you the 'wind in your hair' experience will it?

Goes like stink.

9 August 2010

Come along neighbours. Pick up the pace. I have a driving holiday planned.

9 August 2010

I prefer the bog standard version.

9 August 2010

Well, it is a crap car.....

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