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UK’s first waste-to-hydrogen plant secures next stage funding

The UK’s first waste-to-hydrogen plant has secured funding for the next stage of its development at its site in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Having completed a review of completed engineering work, Peel L&P Environmental has committed to funding the development of the Distributed Modular Gasification (DMG) facility at its Protos Energy Park up to financial close – the point where full project third party funding has been secured – using technology developed by UK technology company Powerhouse Energy Group.

The planned Protos Energy Park in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the first site to be announced by PowerHouse Energy
The planned Protos Energy Park in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the first site to be announced by PowerHouse Energy
Powerhouse’s DMG technology, which received independent technical assurance certification in November 2018, will turn unrecyclable plastic products, such as end-of-life tyres, into an EcoSynthesis gas, which can be used to produce hydrogen and electricity.

The Protos facility will be managed by Waste2Tricity after the engineering company obtained the exclusive rights to use Powerhouse’s technology in the UK and Southeast Asia. Projected to cost £7 million, it will have the capacity to process 35 tonnes of waste plastics per day, aiming to produce 3.8 megawatts of electricity (MWe) on site, to export 3.4MWe and to produce up to two tonnes of hydrogen per day from the site.

Peel’s 54-acre Protos site will also host an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant, a biomass facility and resource recovery centres as it seeks to establish itself as an innovative industrial hub.

In the next stage Peel will place contracts with engineering contractors for the management, civil and plant engineering design all of which are expected to be placed in January 2020. The Peel funding commitment will extend to other site planning, feedstock and site infrastructure activities, including the provision of engineering services by Powerhouse. The planning permission application is still under review.

This next stage in the project forms part of the collaboration agreement signed in August 2019 with Peel Environmental and Waste2tricity to develop a minimum of 11 sites in the UK for DMG facilities. All parties in the collaboration have also been involved in developing the future deployment plans across the other 10 sites and further announcements will be made when these commitment contracts are completed.

David Ryan, CEO of PowerHouse Energy, commented: “This agreement represents the completion of the preliminary engineering stage and I am most encouraged that the PHE team have achieved a major uplift in the performance of the DMG process, including almost doubling the hydrogen output to two tonnes, significantly enhancing our partners commercial drivers.

“The commitment demonstrates significant commercial confidence from Peel L&P Environmental to the immediate and long-term deployment of the process in the UK.”

Myles Kitcher, Managing Director of Peel L&P Environmental commented: “This further agreement reflects the confidence we have in the DMG Technology which will enable us to tackle the plastic challenge head on with an integrated approach to recycling and energy recovery. DMG allows us to eliminate landfill from our site, by regeneration of waste plastic into power and hydrogen.

“We are excited to be implementing our strategy in partnership with PowerHouse Energy and for Protos to be the first application of their ground-breaking technology to improve the waste management process and the environment in the UK.”

Tim Yeo, Chairman of Waste2Tricity commented: “We are delighted with this significant step forward to the deployment of an environmentally important technology. We warmly welcome the closer involvement of Peel L&P Environmental in the development of the DMG Technology.”

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