Saudi Water Academy
Connecting Waterpeople

You are here

Levidian and United Utilities shine a light on biogas to hydrogen pilot

  • Levidian and United Utilities shine light on biogas to hydrogen pilot

About the entity

Levidian
Levidian is a climate-tech business accelerating the world’s transition to net zero.

Representatives from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) came to Levidian’s Technology Centre in Cambridge this week to learn more about our world-first hydrogen project with the UK’s largest listed water company, United Utilities.

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.

In a major breakthrough for the water industry, the project will help address two key issues facing the 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.”

The unit is expected to save the emission of almost 50 tonnes of methane and produce around 10 tonnes of hydrogen each year

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.

This pioneering project has received £3 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.

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 apply it at wastewater treatment sites across the North West.”

The unit is expected to save the emission of almost 50 tonnes of methane and produce around 10 tonnes of hydrogen each year.

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Topics of interest

The data provided will be treated by iAgua Conocimiento, SL for the purpose of sending emails with updated information and occasionally on products and / or services of interest. For this we need you to check the following box to grant your consent. Remember that at any time you can exercise your rights of access, rectification and elimination of this data. You can consult all the additional and detailed information about Data Protection.