Friday, 22 May 2015

Posted by BioMethER
No comments | Friday, May 22, 2015
It runs on biomethane compressed natural gas and is painted black and white like a Friesian cow. It normally carries passengers around Reading. Reading Buses' "Bus Hound" was recorded doing a lap speed of 76.785mph (123.57km/h) at Bedford's Millbrook Proving Ground.

Its fuel is made from animal waste which is broken down by anaerobic digestion to produce biogas, which is then liquefied, Mr Gilbert said. It is stored in seven tanks fixed inside the roof of the bus. 

Chief engineer John Bickerton said the company wanted the "world's first service bus speed record" to bring to light the viability, power and credibility of buses fuelled by cow poo.
"We've laid down a challenge for other bus operators to best our record and we had to make it a bit hard for them. 

"Most importantly we wanted to get the image of bus transport away from being dirty, smelly, and slow. We're modern, fast, and at the cutting edge of innovation. "It was an impressive sight as it swept by on the track. It sounded like a Vulcan bomber - the aerodynamics aren't designed for going 80mph."

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