A £20m ($25m) project to build the UK’s second plastic-to-hydrogen facility has been given the greenlight by West Dunbartonshire Council.
Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, plans to construct the site at Rothesay Dock, on the north bank of the River Clyde in Scotland, to produce 13,500 tonnes of sustainable hydrogen from non-recyclable plastics, destined for landfill, incineration, or overseas export.
Using Powerhouse Energy Group’s technology, the hydrogen produced will be used as clean fuel for HGV’s, buses, and cars, with an on-site refuelling station planned.
It is the second such planned facility, with the first’s construction due to begin this year (2022) at Peel NRE’s Protos site in Cheshire, England.
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Richard Barker, Development Director at Peel NRE, said, “This is a fantastic moment for West Dunbartonshire and the surrounding area. It shows how the UK is innovating when it comes to rolling out new Net Zero technologies.
“The facility will address the dual challenge of both tackling our problem plastic whilst creating hydrogen, a sustainable fuel for future generations.
“Whilst the focus must remain on removing plastic from society, there are still end of life plastics that need managing. The £20m ($25m) plant will play a pivotal role in making the best use of non-recyclable material, with the resulting hydrogen able to help cut carbon emissions from vehicles.”
Peel NRE and Powerhouse Energy signed a collaboration agreement to develop 11 waste-plastic-to-hydrogen facilities across the UK, in a bid to help the UK achieve its Net Zero goals by 2050.
Paul Drennan-Durose, CEO of Powerhouse Energy Group, commented, “The consent is another key landmark for the rollout of our pioneering technology in the UK, creating a local source of hydrogen production and a vehicle refuelling station.
“It’ll help deliver a low carbon alternative to diesel vehicles, responding to both Scottish and UK Government missions to decarbonise our communities and economy.
“This is the second in a planned portfolio of such recycling facilities across the UK we’re currently exploring with Peel NRE. It demonstrates our commitment to tackling the greatest challenges of our time, tackling climate change and addressing our waste plastic, with innovative technologies.”
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