Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – has partnered with Waste2Tricity to submit plans for a $7m waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its 54-hectare Protos site near Ellesmere Port.
The waste to hydrogen plant will use advanced thermal treatment technology developed by PowerHouse Energy Group that has the capacity to process up to 35 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic a day to create hydrogen.
“This is a great step forward towards delivering the first of many waste to plastic facilities across the UK,” said Myles Kitcher, Managing Director at Peel Environmental, part of Peel L&P.
“There is huge potential for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in our transport system. We already have hydrogen buses in Liverpool and trains being converted to hydrogen in Widnes.”
“Using waste plastic to generate a local source of hydrogen could not only help to reduce of reliance on landfill but to improve local air quality with a clean and low-cost fuel for buses, HGV’s and cars.”
Peel Environmental is also looking to develop a closed loop solution at the Protos site where plastics are recycled on-site with the leftover material used to create hydrogen.
“We are excited to have submitted plans for this first plant – the first in a series of developments that have the capability to make the North West a leader in moving towards clean energy and to help in achieving the Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050,” said John Hall, Managing Director at Waste2Tricity.
“The submission of the planning application is an important step forward in delivering the first commercial application of the DMG technology, creating hydrogen from waste plastics,” said David Ryan, CEO of PowerHouse Energy Group.
“The team have worked hard to develop a robust application and we’re hopeful of securing consent and subsequent financial close in the coming months.”
The facility will also generate electricity which could be provided to commercial users via microgrids at Protos, helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.