Three UK companies join forces to create waste plastic to hydrogen facilities

Three companies have joined forces to create waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK.

Peel Environmental has signed a collaboration agreement with Waste2Tricity and PowerHouse Energy which will see 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities developed.

The £130 million (€140 million) investment follows the announcement that the first facility will be located at Peel Environmental’s 54-hectare Protos bioenergy facility near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Using a ‘UK first’ advanced thermal treatment technology, the new facilities could transform the way waste plastics are treated. The DMG (distributed modular gasification) technology, developed by PowerHouse Energy, produces a local source of hydrogen from unrecyclable plastics. This low-cost hydrogen could then be used to power buses and HGVs. It is hoped it could eventually be rolled out to hydrogen cars, helping to reduce air pollution. This new technology also provides a solution to plastics that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Myles Kitcher of Peel Environmental said: “Hydrogen is increasingly being seen as a vital part of our journey to zero carbon. This deal could be transformational in delivering a UK-first technology that can generate local sources of hydrogen but also provide a solution to plastic waste.”

The plans have been hailed by all three companies as an example of how a circular economy can benefit the UK and help to achieve its net zero targets. John Hall of Waste2Tricity added: “This agreement is an important first in the industry and exemplifies the circular economy.

“We recognise the importance of moving away from a linear economy and adopting technologies that minimise waste. Given the value of this project, and the formal collaboration with Peel L&P, we expect increased investor interest in supporting this revolutionary technology across the UK.”

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