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Coffee-Powered Vehicle Shows Average Speed of 66MPH

September 28th, 2011

Automotive engineers from Britain designed and built a vehicle that runs on coffee beans. Recently they carried out a test of their new car.

The modified Rover SD1 was able to break the speed world record for a car powered entirely by organic waste.

The test involved the car driven on the Elvington Race Track near York. It was estimated that the vehicle registered an average speed of 66.5 mph, which is almost 20mph faster than the previous record shown by a US team that created a car powered by wood pellets.

Together with Teesdale Conservation Volunteers of Durham, Martin Bacon, took an old Rover and got rid of a lot of parts to make it lighter, equipping it with “gasifier” and filters that transform waste coffee granules into power.

It would be interesting to note that the vehicle burns coffee in a way that resembles the burning of charcoal – coffee beans are heated up like charcoal and the combustion gases, such as CO2 and water vapor, are reduced by hot carbon to CO and hydrogen.

Afterwards the gases are filtered with the help of a cyclone filter and rock wool filter and the radiator is used for cooling. The cleaner and cooler gas is piped through the engine and into cylinders. The explosion then activates the engine.

The vehicle is expected to appear at Bang Live show in Manchester, being part of the city’s science festival at Campfield Market Hall.

[via Dailymail]