Turning plastic waste into hydrogen

Turning plastic waste into hydrogen

The University of Chester has teamed up with PowerHouse Energy to deploy a jointly developed technology that turns plastic waste into low-cost hydrogen and electricity.

The Distributed Modular Gasification (DMG®) system offers a long-term sustainable treatment for post-consumer waste at a reduced cost of current solutions, while being a reliable source of road fuel quality hydrogen.

Waste2Tricity (W2T) is the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia for the PowerHouse PLC DMG system for plastic waste to hydrogen and electricity.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting the prototype demonstrator here at the University of Chester,” said Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director at Thornton Energy Research Institute, University of Chester.

“The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas which can then be used to power gas engines.”

“A by-product of this process is electricity, meaning waste plastic can not only fuel cars but can also keep the lights on at home.”

“Surely the world must wake up to this technology. It will make waste plastic valuable with it being able to power the world’s towns and cities and most importantly it can help clean up our oceans of waste plastic now.”

W2T is set to deploy a plant on the 54-acre Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire where they will produce low-cost and low-carbon fuel and electricity which will help power the site.

W2T then plans to deploy plants in South East Asia to clean up plastic waste and monetise plastic, allowing W2T to buy unrecyclable plastic in countries such as Indonesia for $50 a tonne.

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