Companies reach agreement on plastic waste gasification plants

Peel Environmental have signed an agreement for the development of up to 11 new plants, designed to produce hydrogen through small-scale gasification technology using plastic waste as a feedstock.

Peel, a property and infrastructure development company has reached the £130 million agreement with both PowerHouse Energy, a technology firm and Waste2Tricity waste specialists.

Peel is developing a 54 hectare Protos site as an ‘energy hub’, containing a range of sites aimed at renewable energy production. Some current developments include a waste wood gasification plant, alongside plans for a 350,000 tonnes-per-year energy from waste plant.

Collaborations with the three companies are already underway, on a plastic-to-hydrogen facility planned to be located at Peel’s Protos renewable energy site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The development of PowerHouse Energy’s ‘Distributed Modular Gasification’ (DMG) technology enables unrecyclable plastic to be converted into syngas, used to produce hydrogen, electricity and other industrial products. This process can generate more than 1 tonne of ‘road-fuel quality’ H2 (Hydrogen), and roughly 28MW/h (megawatt per hour) of exportable electricity per day.

This DGM plant will be the first in the plans, expected to cost around £7 million and will be capable of handling up to 25 tonnes of material per day. A further 10 plants are planned to be constructed following the first DGM, site locations for these sites have not yet been disclosed.

Not only will these plants create local sources of hydrogen and low carbon transport fuel, but also provide a solution to plastic waste, one of the worlds biggest problems at this time.