Britain’s first bio-fuel processing plant is up and running which got me thinking about the black stuff (and I don’t mean Guinness) and where the future of the car lies. There seems to be a scramble in the marketing space to prove the fuel efficiency and cleanliness of ‘clean’ models from nearly all the major car makers.
Electric, hybrid, hydrogen are the buzz words of now; petrol and diesel, which of course the majority of us use, are very much passé in advertising terms. But I still maintain you can’t go superfast in a hybrid and the old classics are in need of a good dose of leaded substitute to stop their engines from melting.
We once filmed a man who made car fuel from organic waste. Christopher Maltin is a convert to bio fuel, the kind that comes out of the rear end of pigs or cows rather than the plant variety. Bio-methane is his renewable of choice.
Our film on Somerset’s renewable business tells part of his story; it’s worth watching to the end to get a glimpse of the theory that might one day be powering some of the world’s future cars.
As bio-fuel goes, rather than poo pooing the idea of bio-methane and writing it off as hog wash, we may still see Lewis Hamilton winning an F1 race in a pig powered car.