Consultation Launched on Waste Plastic to Hydrogen Project at Protos

May 2019

Waste2Tricity is to consult on a planning application for the next phase of development at Protos. The plans would see a ‘UK first’ plastics to hydrogen facility delivered at the 54-hectare Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

The proposed facility would use innovative technology to address two significant environmental problems facing society – firstly what to do with plastic waste that cannot be reused or recycled and secondly how to decarbonise energy and transport sectors.

Two community drop in events will be held at Elton Community Centre, School Ln, Elton, Chester CH2 4PU on:

  • Tuesday 4th June, 5pm – 8pm

  • Wednesday 5th June, 11am – 2pm

The facility would take non-recyclable plastic and use it to produce hydrogen which could be used to power road vehicles. This local source of hydrogen could be used as a clean and low-cost fuel for buses, Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) and eventually cars, helping to reduce air pollution and improve air quality on our roads. 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.

The £7 million facility will use pioneering DMG® (Distributed Modular Gasification) – an advanced thermal treatment technology developed by PowerHouse Energy – to treat up to 25 tonnes of waste plastic a day, that would otherwise go to landfill. 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.

Jane Gaston from Peel Environmental, part of Peel L&P, said:

“This is an exciting next stage of development at Protos which would help tackle two environmental problems facing society. We currently send almost 1.2 million tonnes of waste plastic to landfill every year. This facility would take plastics that cannot be reused or recycled and use them to provide a local source of hydrogen which can help to reduce air pollution when used as a clean and low cost fuel for buses, HGVs and cars.

“Our location next to the University of Chester’s Energy Centre provides a seamless link between industry and academia, with the PowerHouse Energy technology developed right next door. We’re looking to work with a range of partners and innovative technologies to create value from waste and build upon Protos’ reputation as a resource recovery and low carbon energy hub.”

John Hall from Waste2Tricity said:

“We’re delighted to be moving forward with our first facility in the UK. Protos was a logical choice due to its strategic position in the North West, with excellent transport links, access to unrecyclable plastics and a concentration of energy intensive users. The facility would see £7 million invested in the local area with 14 full time jobs and a further 100 created during construction. We’re keen to talk to local residents about our plans and look forward to welcoming them to our consultation events.”

Following consultation, a planning application for the development is expected to be submitted in Summer 2019 with a decision from Cheshire West & Chester Council expected by the end of the year.

This is one of many hydrogen projects taking place in the region with Peel Environmental a founding member of the North West Hydrogen Alliance. The company is also part of the North West Energy and Hydrogen Cluster – a partnership of companies, regional leaders and network of academic experts under the North West Business Leadership team – that recently came together to meet the challenge of becoming the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

Notes to Editors

About Peel Environmental and Protos

Peel Environmental, part of Peel L&P, owns and develops waste infrastructure projects. It has achieved consent for a range of energy infrastructure schemes including a 35MW Energy from Waste plant at Protos in Cheshire, 22MW Energy from Waste plant and 250,000tpa AD and MRF in Glasgow; and a 20MW Energy Centre at Houghton Main, Barnsley. Peel works with investors, waste management companies, technology providers and contractors to secure a deliverable business model for each project.

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.  @ThisIsProtos

Protos sits within the Energy Innovation District (EID) which brings together energy users, network owners, innovators and partners working alongside Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Cheshire West and Chester Council and the University of Chester. With the objective of driving down the cost of clean energy the EID is an opportunity to deliver a new decarbonised energy system for the North West of England, meeting the Government’s Clean Growth agenda while boosting economic growth and investment.

About Peel L&P – realising possibility.

We are an ambitious regeneration business with generations of history, heritage and expertise in our DNA. First established in 1971, Peel L&P is now responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK today.

Owning and managing 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, our holdings are concentrated in the north west of England but we also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion.

As a part of the Peel Group; we are integral to a business that strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Our legacy matters. We take great pride in the outcomes we achieve, the people we work with, the way we go about our business and the transformational projects we deliver.

Our specialist teams have a proven track record in delivering high-quality, legacy projects across land, property, water and airspace. This includes airports, hotels, waterways, media hubs, event spaces, leisure facilities, retail, workspaces, residential development, industrial & logistical space, public realm, historic gardens and the renewable energy sector.

Peel L&P is an agile and ambitious business with a legacy of success for a long-term, sustainable future. We see possibility. We deliver transformation. Follow us on Twitter @PeellandP

About Waste2Tricity

Established in 2008, Waste2Tricity (W2T) is a project developer and operator in the energy-from-waste sector. Its mission is to treat plastic waste as a fuel, preventing further contamination of the world’s oceans and environment whilst at the same time creating clean energy and hydrogen.

W2T has an exclusive geographic license with PowerHouse Energy (AIM PHE), an AIM listed business that has developed a Distributed Modular Gasification system that is able to convert unrecyclable plastic into high-grade hydrogen for use as a transport fuel whilst also generating power for export by private wire or to the grid.

The Protos development is W2Ts first commercial project, with the company looking at a pipeline of future projects across the UK. The next stage of development will focus on switching the technology to allow it to produce hydrogen for use in a distributed hydrogen network as well as syngas production for generating electricity.

About PowerHouse Energy

PowerHouse Energy has developed a proprietary process technology - DMG® - which can utilise waste plastic, end-of-life-tyres, and other waste streams to efficiently and economically convert them into syngas from which valuable products such as chemical precursors, hydrogen, electricity and other industrial products may be derived. The PowerHouse technology is one of the world’s first proven, modular, hydrogen from waste (HfW) process.

The PowerHouse DMG® process can generate in excess of 1 tonne of road-fuel quality H2, and more than 28MW/h of exportable electricity per day. The PowerHouse process produces low levels of safe residues and requires a small operating footprint, making it suitable for deployment at enterprise and community level.

PowerHouse is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market under the ticker: PHE and is incorporated in the United Kingdom.

For more information on Peel Environmental or Protos please contact:-

Rebecca Eatwell

07827 353113

For more information on Waste2Tricity please contact:

Becca Smith



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