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GENeco Bio-Bug protoype that runs on human excrement unveiled
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9 August 2010

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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RadeB 9 August 2010

Re: Human waste-powered Beetle

Uncle Mellow wrote:
I presume they use human waste because pigsh*t is too smelly.
There is no sh*t like human sh*t!

Uncle Mellow 9 August 2010

Re: Human waste-powered Beetle

RadeB wrote:
There is one whole part of a town in Sweden which obtain heating during winter from methane originating from human waste.

I presume they use human waste because pigsh*t is too smelly.

RadeB 9 August 2010

Re: Human waste-powered Beetle

It,s not a joke although it is very good for making one!

There is one whole part of a town in Sweden which obtain heating during winter from methane originating from human waste.

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