The companies have revealed they were granted £212,000 ($256,222) for a project to utilise biogas from wastewater treatment as a fully sustainable feedstock to produce hydrogen and graphene through the Levidian LOOP process.
Set to be led by United Utilities, the project’s phase one feasibility study hopes to allow the firms to assess the performance of various biogas samples in a small-scale LOOP system, located at the Levidian Technology Centre in Cambridge.
Levidian has said the UK water industry produces 489 million cubic metres of biogas annually from its anaerobic digestion processes, which is primarily used to generate operational heat and power on site.
H2 View understands the teams will also confirm the LOOP100 design with integrated hydrogen separation for deployment on a United site in phase two of the project.
Lisa Mansell, Chief Engineer (Innovation) at United Utilities, said, “We are actively seeking new innovations that recover value from our operations, driving us to be more sustainable and in order to bring benefits to our customers.
“This project will be the first use of the LOOP in the water sector, and we are keen to explore how the application of this exciting technology can help us to deliver on our Net Zero Carbon goal.
“The partnership with Levidian allows us to not only capture the carbon emissions from the biogas but also to recover two high value products – graphene and hydrogen which could further contribute to societal carbon reduction.”
Engineering firm, Jacobs is also providing expertise in lifecycle assessments, social value analysis and commercialisation for the project.
Donalad Morrison, People & Places Solutions Senior Vice-President for Europe and Digital Strategies at Jacobs, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to be at the forefront of hydrogen innovation and help move our sector to low and zero carbon energy generation and towards a circular economy… It’s exciting to be involved in this project which has significant potential to find a sustainable way to contribute to carbon emission reductions.”
Aside from hydrogen production, the Levidian LOOP also boasts carbon capture and utilisation technology, which sees the carbon extracted from biogas and locked permanently into graphene.
Commenting on the funding, John Hartley, CEO of Levidian, added, “This is an exciting project that will lead the way to utilising LOOP to decarbonise biogas at scale. The consortium has a vast amount of knowledge and experience, which we are leveraging to produce carbon negative hydrogen, there is no better goal to be working on right now.”
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