In 2016 UCL partnered with UCL graduate, Arthur Kay founder and CEO of bio-bean to turn our coffee waste into sustainable, clean biofuel and ‘Coffee Logs’ designed for use in wood burners and stoves.
Who are Bio-bean?
Nearly 9,500 people die each year in London due to long-term exposure to air pollution of which diesel vehicles are the main polluter. This will also help prevent ½ a million tons of waste a year from ending up in landfill, a result of the 17 million cups of coffee being drunk daily in the UK. Alternative energy fuels such as biofuel also offer a solution to the global energy crisis, where demands on natural resources to power industrial society are diminishing as demand rises.
Bio-bean and UCL
Arthur Kay came up with the idea of bio-bean when tasked with looking at closed loop waste-to-energy systems for his Architecture degree at UCL. When he chose coffee shops as a case study, he discovered the amount of oil content in coffee and the sheer amount of waste produced- 200,000 tonnes a year in London alone- and set about forming bio-bean.
Bio-bean’s team of scientists are based at UCL, led by Dr Paul Hellier in Mechanical Engineering- they are researching new ways to use waste coffee grounds. UCL is proud to partner with bio-bean to turn its coffee waste into clean biofuel and to help transform the energy and waste sectors sustainably.