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Directa Plus Launches the World’s First Graphene-Based System for Tackling Environmental Emergencies

18 December 2015

The Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit can be deployed quickly to a site and provide an effective solution that is at least five times more adsorptive than conventional solutions

(Lomazzo, Italy) 18 December 2015 – Directa Plus (“Directa or “the Company”), one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene for use in consumer and industrial products, is pleased to announce the global commercial launch of the Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit, the world’s first graphene-based system for tackling environmental emergencies such as oil spills. The launch follows successful industrial remediation activities conducted in Italy and Romania.

The Company is also pleased to announce that Biocart S.r.l., an Italian company engaged in the research, development and industrialisation of next-generation materials and solutions for the mitigation of natural disasters and environmental remediation, has purchased the first three mobile units.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa, said: “We are pleased to launch the Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit that will enable a prompt and effective response to a potential catastrophe such as an oil spill – and so help avoid a major environmental disaster. Due to the mobile nature of the unit, it can be stored nearer to an area where an event may occur, thereby reducing the time and costs ordinarily associated with the transportation of a solution.”

The Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit contains a proprietary and patented plasma machine that is able to produce on site all the Grafysorber™ needed to clean up water contaminated with the harmful hydrocarbons contained in oil spills. As it is a mobile unit, it can be quickly deployed to the site of the spill.

During 2015, two industrial remediation activities have been carried out with GrafysorberTM, treating approximately 35,000m3 of water contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. Less than 5g/m3 of GrafysorberTM were able to remove the hydrocarbon contaminants, reducing the concentration from 550mg/l to a safe level of approximately 0.5mg/l, with a significant cost reduction of 50-60% compared with traditional technologies.

Grafysorber™ is a sustainable product as it enables the recovery and recycling of the adsorbed oils; it is recyclable; and it does not contain any toxic substances. The ability to produce the graphene on site and in the right quantity renders it a very cost-effective solution compared with conventional solutions. Grafysorber™ has received approval from the Ministry of Environment in Italy and in Romania.

“This is an important step for Directa Plus as we unveil another significant application for graphene-based solutions. It has been achieved due to our technical strength and proprietary process for producing graphene in various forms in a cost effective manner. The ability of the Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit to produce all the graphene necessary to purify the contaminated water directly at the site of use can be easily replicated and applied to other emergency scenarios. The initial demand that we have already received for this product provides further evidence that graphene has left the laboratory and is ready for mass adoption,” added Giulio Cesareo.


Directa Plus S.p.A

Michela Fumagalli, Communications Manager - +39 339 3713053

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Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury, Alexis Gore - +44 207 618 9100

Notes to Editor

About Directa Plus

Directa Plus is a technological company, founded in 2005 in the US and today headquartered in the Science and Technological Park of ComoNExt (Lomazzo, near Como), which develops processes for the production of a new generation of graphene-based nanomaterials targeting existing global markets.

In June 2014, Directa Plus opened “The Graphene Factory”, the largest European pristine graphene nanoplatelets industrial production unit, based on patented technology. The aim of the company is positioning itself downstream in the value chain creating ready-to-use materials and designing innovative alliances with important industrial companies that want to apply this new generation of enabling materials to their product lines, transforming them from traditional to highly technological ones. To date Directa Plus holds 37 granted patents and 10 pending patents.

Further details: www.directa-plus.com

DIRECTA PLUS S.p.A - Company under the management and coordination of Directa Plus PLC - Via Cavour 2 - 22074 Lomazzo (CO) Italy - Tax/VAT number and Trade register N. 04783370960 – Rea CO 0310025 - Issued Capital Stock Euro 1.485.611,00