06 Nov 2020

First Graphene and Kainos Developing New Route to Hydrogen

06 Nov 2020  by Molly Burgess   

First Graphene UK and Kainos Innovation are developed a unique process technology which converts low-cost hydrocarbon feedstocks to graphene materials and hydrogen gas.

The two companies today (5th Nov) secured a grant from Innovate UK, under the UK’s Sustainable Innovation fund, to develop the technology which produces green hydrogen.

In a statement, the project team estimated that from every tonne of petroleum feedstock, 940kg of graphene/graphitic carbon and 60 kg of green hydrogen gas is produced.

Craig McGuckin, Managing Director of First Graphene, said,“This new, innovative process provides our company with a foot in the door of both lithium-ion cathode materials and hydrogen production businesses.”

“Further test work and process advancement is obviously required before we can comment on commerciality, but we are very encouraged by results achieved so far. The UK Government grant is a vote of confidence in what we are working on”.

Dr. Richard Price, Director of Kainos Innovation Ltd., says “I am very excited to be working with the First Graphene UK team based in Manchester, where they have excellent process engineering know-how which is essential for the success of this new process.”

All research will be carried out in the UK, in collaboration with research partners; Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick and the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester.

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