Peel Environmental submits plans for plastics to hydrogen facility
Peel Environmental, working in partnership with Waste2Tricity, has submitted plans for a waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its 54-hectare Protos site near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK, which would help reduce fossil fuel consumption and create jobs.
The £7 million plant will use ‘UK first’ advanced thermal treatment technology developed by PowerHouse Energy Group. The pioneering DMG® (Distributed Modular Generation) technology could transform the way plastics are dealt with in the region.
The plant will take up to 35 t of unrecyclable plastics a day and create a local source of hydrogen which could be used to power road vehicles.
The facility would also generate electricity which could be provided to commercial users via a microgrid at Protos, helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Peel Environmental is looking at developing a closed loop solution at Protos where plastics are recycled on-site with the leftover material used to create hydrogen.
The development would see a further 14 full time permanent jobs created at the Protos site with over 100 jobs created in the North West during fabrication and construction.
Myles Kitcher of Peel Environmental said, “This is a great step forward towards delivering the first of many waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK. 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 our reliance on landfill but improve local air quality with a clean and low-cost fuel for buses, HGVs and cars.”
The project is also one of many under the North West’s bid to become the UKs first low carbon cluster by 2030. The North West Energy and Hydrogen Cluster is being led by the North West Business Leadership Team, with support from Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region Mayors and the Cheshire & Warrington LEP. In competition with other regions – such as Humber and Teeside – the Cluster could deliver 33 000 jobs, over £4 billion investment and save 10 million t of carbon per year.