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Directa Plus in Barcelona to present the innovative project GEnIuS for oil spills clean - up activities

21 May 2015

The company has created a graphene - based product for the remediation of water contaminated by oil and hydrocarbons

Barcelona, 21st May 2015 – Directa Plus at 18th European Forum on Eco - innovation to present GEnIuS, the innovative project that leads to the creation of a graphene - based product able to remove hydrocarbons from polluted water and soil.

The Forum untitled “Boosting competitiveness and innovation” is being held by the European Commission on 20th and 21st of May in Barcelona. The main purpose of this event is presenting the last developments in the eco - innovation field: an important moment where emerging and cutting - edge innovators will get in contact with new promising solutions under political, financial and technological point of view.

During the session “Best of Eco - innovation: project success stories”, this afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Directa Plus will present GEnIuS, Graphene Eco Innovative Sorbent, selected from the European Commission as one of the best project in the eco - innovation field. Directa Plus research has driven to the creation of an ecologic, innovative and highly effective oil - adsorbent, characterized by unique performances in oil adsorbency, and at th e same time absence of toxicity and flammability, and the possibility to recover oil.

The creation of th is graphene - based oil - adsorbent product, commercialized as Grafysorber, has been promoted by GEnIuS project and already approved by the Italian Ministry of Enviroment to be used in occasion of oil spills clean - up activities.

Grafysorber has been firstly industrially tested in a Romanian former refinery site, containing a basin with abo ut 30.000m3 of water contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. The product used as loose material was able to abate the hydrocarbons concentration from 200 - 300 ppm down to 0.5 ppm.

“Grafysorber embodies the nano - carbon paradox – Giulio Cesareo, Directa Pl us President and CEO, commented – in fact with a nano - carbon material we are able to cut down part of damages caused by hydrocarbons, derived from carbon itself. Moreover, our product, once exhausted after depuration of water, finishes positively its life cycle inside the asphalt and bitumen, introducing new properties as thermal conductivity and mechanical reinforcement. I believe that every company is obliged to work following a sustainable approach to guarantee a balanced use of resources and their reuse, where possible.

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Directa Plus, founded in 2005 and with headquarters in the ComoNext Scientific Technology Park in Lomazzo (CO), is a technology company whose goal is to develop, market and use innovative processes for nano material generation in existent global markets. On June 23rd, 2014, Directa Plus inaugurated its “Graphene Workshops”, a new industrial centre distinguished for being the largest extra pure graphene sheet gener ation plant in Europe, based on a patented and approved technology, designed according to a modular, replicable and exportable logic. The first module has 30 – tonne per year production capacity. To date, Directa Plus holds 36 approved patents and 7 patents pending.

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