Levidian and United Utilities collaborate for biogas-to-hydrogen pilot

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Representatives from the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) came to Levidian’s Technology Centre in Cambridge this week to learn more about the company's hydrogen project with United Utilities, the UK's largest listed water company.
Levidian and United Utilities are working to decarbonise wastewater treatment by deploying Levidian’s patented LOOP technology to capture carbon and produce graphene and hydrogen from biogas as a fully sustainable feedstock.
Levidian’s LOOP technology will enable United Utilities to produce their own on-site hydrogen for use in its fleet of heavy-duty vehicles.
The companies will also be exploring potential use cases for the graphene, which can be used to enhance a variety of products including batteries, construction materials and coatings.
The unit is expected to save the emission of almost 50 tonnes of methane and produce around 10 tonnes of hydrogen each year.
This project has received £3 million (€3.5 million) of funding from DESNZ’s Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme, which supports technologies that can produce hydrogen from biogenic feedstocks and be combined with carbon capture.
According to Levidian, the project will help address two key issues facing the water sector – how to process wastewater in a way that reduces emissions while minimising the financial burden of wastewater treatment.
The visit comes as stakeholders from across the UK join forces to celebrate and promote the role of hydrogen in reaching net zero.
Dr Mike Lloyd, research and innovation funding manager for Levidian, said: “This is only the second year running for the UK’s Hydrogen Week, but the sector is already making great strides in its journey to net zero. We’re proud to be working with one of the country’s leading water companies to play our part in decarbonising this critical industry.”
Lisa Mansell, chief engineer (innovation) at United Utilities said: “This is a hugely exciting project for us, and the wider water sector, transforming something that has previously been a waste product into two high value products in the form of hydrogen and graphene.
"We’re looking forward to running our trial at our Manchester Bioresources Centre in order to prove the potential of the technology. If successful, we could then look to apply it at wastewater treatment sites across the North West.”
Liverpool John Moores University will assess the potential usage of hydrogen within the Liverpool City Region as part of this project, and engineering service company Jacobs will provide expertise in carbon lifecycle assessment, social value analysis, and commercialisation.


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