Plan: Bio-bean is an award-winning green energy company that uses a patented process to upcycle waste coffee grounds into two Advanced Biofuel products, namely biodiesel and biomass pellets, used for powering buildings and transport systems.
Bio-bean is acting in response to two clearly articulated global concerns:
1. The production of clean, cheap and local energy;
2. The need for responsible waste collection and disposal.
Bio-bean has the potential to become a green energy company with a global reach; delivering environmental, social and economic value.
Bio: I am a designer and entrepreneur, the co-Founder and CEO of bio-bean Limited. I draw on the desire to combine carbon-saving ideas with implementable business models and to meet the challenges of a modern world in an innovative way. I have built a team of driven and talented individuals from different areas of expertise (from cutting-edge biochemical engineers, to leading financiers). I have been appointed a ‘London Leader’ by Mayor Boris Johnson, an ‘Emerging Innovator’ by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and the Chairman of Shell UK named me the 'UK's most Innovative Entrepreneur'. I regularly contribute to a variety of publications and media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, the Telegraph, the Guardian, Architects’ Journal, Architectural Review, Monocle Radio and WIRED magazine.
How do you feel about being one of the 2014 finalists?
We're so thrilled to have made the final round of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and I am really looking forward to the grand finale in Amsterdam. There is a growing demand for advanced biofuels throughout the EU and waste coffee grounds as a feedstock to supplement this demand and save millions of tonnes in CO2 emissions. At bio-bean we believe that there is no such thing as waste, simply resources in the wrong place, and this recognition by the Green Challenge means a huge amount.