Working in partnership with waste to energy project developer, Waste2Tricity, infrastructure firm Peel Environmental has submitted plans for a waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its 54-hectare Protos site near Ellesmere, UK.
Peel Environmental brought forward and consented the Protos development, previously known as Ince Resource Recovery Park. The 54ha (134 acres) development site has full outline planning consent and part detailed planning consent for general manufacturing and distribution uses (B1, B2 & B8), as well as a biomass facility and an Energy from Waste facility.
According to Waste2Tricity, the £7 million plant will use ‘UK first’ advanced thermal treatment technology developed by PowerHouse Energy Group (AIM:PHE) at Thornton Science Park, next door to Protos.
The plant will take up to 35 tonnes of unrecyclable plastics a day and create a local source of hydrogen which could be used to power road vehicles.
The developers added that the local source of hydrogen could be used as a clean and low-cost fuel for buses, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and cars, helping to reduce air pollution and improve air quality on local roads.
The facility would also generate electricity which could be provided to commercial users via a microgrid at the Protos development, 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 from Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – 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.”
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