Coffee car on show at the Co-op in Wollaton
Shoppers in Wollaton have been given a caffeine boost with a difference after a coffee-powered car powered into town.
The old Ford pick-up, nicknamed the ‘Bean Machine’, runs on coffee chaff pellets and has recently broken the land speed record for a car of its kind.
It entered the Guinness World Record books by powering to a swift 65.5 mph on a test day last week.
For the car to work, the pellets, which are produced from coffee waste production, are poured into a gasifier where they burn in a charcoal fire.
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They then break down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen after reaching 500 dgrees C. The gas is then cooled and filtered before hydrogen is combusted to drive the engine.
The car runs virtually the same as a petrol-fuelled vehicle but its power is reduced by 20 per cent.
It still manages to travel at a max speed of 70mph, however.
The vehicle has embarked on a country wide tour as part of the Co-op’s Fair Trade Fortnight, and will travel 1,600 miles as it visit Co-operatives up and down the country.
So far, the truck has completed 160 miles on 40 kilos of coffee.
Bean Machine was designed for the ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’ and took only two months to build. It also runs on the waste coffee which would ordinarily be dumped in land fill sites.
Eco-enthusiast and conservationist, Martin Bacon invented the fuel design, and he will be driving the car to every corner of the country during its tour.
He said: “We set off from Manchester and we’ve been visiting Co-op stores along the way and we’ve covered a total of 161 miles.
“We’ve used about 40 kilos up to now.
“On average, once you’re on a good run, 10 kilos will take the about 55 miles."
Despite its relative efficiency, Martin, does not believe coffee is the way forward for motoring, but he does feel it demonstrates how waste products can be converted in to good use.
“I don’t think it’s going to change British motoring, it’s a little bit smelly, but gasification like this certainly has its place.
“For example, coffee production sites could use their waste to power their generators which can be used for production, but maybe not for motoring,” added Martin Bacon.