6th April 2023, Levidian, a UK-based climate tech company, has partnered with Luxembourg-based construction firm Stugalux to deploy its decarbonisation technology in Europe for the first time. The technology involves using the company's LOOP device to break down methane into hydrogen and carbon atoms, without the need for catalysts or additives. The carbon is then converted into graphene, a high-performance material, which is used in construction products to drive decarbonisation.
With this agreement, Stugalux will process biomethine derived from food and agriculture waste using Levidian's LOOP technology. The hydrogen-rich blend produced will be used to generate electricity in a turbine, while the graphene will be integrated into the building products used by Stugalux. Stugalux has estimated to remove 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually with the adoption of the LOOP20 system. By 2025, Stugalux hopes to have two LOOP100s, which together will process almost 250,000 cubic metres of waste gas per year, producing over 30 tonnes of graphene and preventing the release of 572 tonnes of CO2e annually.
In an official press release published on the Levidiant’s official website, CEO, John Hartley was quoted saying, "Stugalux is a fantastic example of how a LOOP system can be used to decarbonise in three ways simultaneously." He explained that "By processing agricultural biomethane, these LOOPs will be utilising waste gas, delivering hydrogen to power, and embedding graphene to decarbonise construction products. This is an incredible way to demonstrate the circularity of LOOP contributing to a cleaner economy."
Levidian's methane-to-hydrogen and graphene technology has gained government and corporate financial backing and has been hailed as a promising area of climate technology, with graphene's green credentials in construction and hydrogen an increasingly sought-after energy source. This move into Europe comes after Levidian deployed its first LOOP device in the UK with Eco Group last November signing a £700m export contract with Zero Carbon Ventures in May 2022. Levidian also announced partnerships with banking giant Santander UK to expand its technology’s deployment.
Levidian’s innovation highlights the potential of circularity in reducing carbon emissions, by utilising waste products to produce clean energy and sustainable building materials.