UK's first full scale plastics to hydrogen project announced in Cheshire

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
An artist's impression of the Protos site

The UK’s first full scale plastics to hydrogen project has been announced at the Protos site near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Non-recyclable plastics and tyres will be collected, processed and turned into hydrogen for fuel or power and heat.

The £7m plant will treat up to 25 tonnes of waste plastics a day that would otherwise go to landfill or Energy from Waste (EfW).

It is part of a £700m Protos energy hub which brings together complementary businesses including energy intensive industries, associated supply chain and energy generation.

The project is being operated by EfW developer Waste2Tricity and licensed by PowerHouse Energy.

The PowerHouse Energy process can generate in excess of 1 tonne of road-fuel quality H2, and more than 28MW/h of exportable electricity per day.

Waste2Tricity has had a 1/25th scale demonstrator working at Thornton Science Park for over a tear, coverting all forms of dirty mixed waste unrecyclable plastics into high grade syngas that can have hydrogen extracted.

Company spokesperson John Hall said: “The Protos site is ideally located in a strategic position in the North West where we have access not only to unrecyclable plastics but also a concentration of energy intensive industries. The beauty of Protos is that it can provide everything we need under one roof.”

Last month, the UK’s largest waste wood gasifier became fully operational on the Protos site.

Waste2Tricity expects the project to be fully operational by February 2020.

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