Peel NRE plans second plastic-to-hydrogen facility in UK

Article by Amanda Doyle

Peel NRE
Rothesay Dock

PEEL NRE has announced plans to develop a waste plastic to hydrogen facility in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

The company’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, which will be located near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was given the go ahead last year. The second facility will be located at Rothesay Dock on the north bank of the River Clyde in Scotland.

The £20m (US$28m) facility will process 13,500 t/y of plastic waste and convert it to hydrogen using technology developed by Powerhouse Energy Group. The plans include a hydrogen refuelling station on the site so that the hydrogen can be used as a fuel for cars, buses, and HGVs.

Peel NRE and Powerhouse Energy Group have signed a collaboration agreement to develop 11 facilities in the UK over the next few years.

Richard Barker, Director at Peel NRE, said: “Plastic is often demonised, but we have seen how essential it is in industries like healthcare. We do need to recycle as much of this plastic as possible and also get as much value from unrecyclable, end-of-life plastic. This facility will convert plastic into hydrogen a clean fuel that produces no emissions at the point of use, helping to improve local air quality. By co-locating a refuelling station, we can help to kick start the infrastructure needed to support the rollout of hydrogen vehicles which will be an important part of our journey to net zero.”

Peel NRE will consult with the local community and stakeholders prior to submitting a planning application later this year.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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