Peel NRE to develop its second £20m plastic-to-hydrogen facility in Scotland

Peel NRE to develop its second £20m plastic-to-hydrogen facility in Scotland

Peel NRE is developing a second waste plastic-to-hydrogen facility set to be located at Rothesay Dock on the north bank of the River Clyde, Scotland.

The facility, revealed today (June 1) will cost around £20m ($28m) and will take non-recyclable plastics, destined for landfill, incineration or export overseas, and use them to create a new local source of sustainable hydrogen.

The hydrogen is expected to be used as a clean fuel for buses, cars and HGVs with plans to develop a linked hydrogen refuelling station on the project site.

The 13,500 tonne facility will be the second in the UK to use pioneering technology developed by Powerhouse Energy Group after plans to create a similar plant at Peel NRE’s Protos site in Cheshire were approved in 2019.

Read more: £20m plastic to hydrogen plant progresses

Read more: Protos plastic to hydrogen site progresses

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that around 500,0000 tonnes of waste plastic are produced in Scotland every year, with research undertaken by Anthesis on behalf of Peel NRE, revealing that around 300,000 tonnes are within the central belt of Scotland.

Peel NRE will be consulting with local communities and stakeholders around the North Clyde site ahead of submitting a planning application to the council later this year.

Peel NRE signed a collaboration agreement with Powerhouse Energy Group to develop 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK over the next few years, with the option of exclusive rights for a total of 70 facilities.

Richard Barker, Director at Peel NRE, said, “Plastic is often demonised, but we have seen how essential it is in industries like healthcare.

“We do need to recycle as much of this plastic as possible and also get as much value from unrecyclable, end-of-life plastic.

“This facility will convert plastic into hydrogen a clean fuel that produces no emissions at the point of use, helping to improve local air quality.

“By co-locating a refuelling station, we can help to kick start the infrastructure needed to support the rollout of hydrogen vehicles which will be an important part of our journey to net zero.”

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