Company that converts plastic waste into hydrogen signs supply contract with Element 2 | news
A company that plans to produce hydrogen from plastic waste has signed a letter of intent to supply hydrogen to the nationwide network of hydrogen refueling stations proposed by Element 2.
Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is proposing to develop a hydrogen refueling station built by Element 2 that will transport hydrogen from its plastic-to-hydrogen facility in Protos, the company’s strategic energy and resource center in Cheshire.
This can deliver up to a ton of hydrogen per day, enough to fill up around 40 trucks, 500 buses or 2,500 cars per day. There are also plans to develop a hydrogen filling station at Peel NRE’s proposed plastic hydrogen facility in North Clyde near Glasgow.
The plastic-to-hydrogen facility at Protos is the first in the UK to use technology developed by Powerhouse Energy Group plc, with Peel NRE planning to roll out the technology across the UK. The facility will use non-recyclable plastics destined for landfill, incineration or export overseas to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen is used as a fuel for buses, trucks, garbage trucks and cars.
Element 2 intends to build a network of hydrogen refueling stations across the UK with plans to deliver 2,000 by 2030 and is exploring other potential locations with Peel NRE.
Richard Barker, Development Director at Peel NRE said, “Hydrogen will play an important role in our net zero journey, especially in hard-to-decarbonise sectors like transport. Protos is the first of many planned plastic-hydrogen plants in the UK and the co-location of filling stations will help kick-start the infrastructure necessary for the introduction of hydrogen vehicles. “
Brendan Bilton, Chief Technology Officer at Element 2, said: “Our agreement with Peel NRE to build a hydrogen filling station at Protos is a big step forward in building the UK’s hydrogen infrastructure. We are a pure hydrogen trader with hundreds of filling stations built over the next decade with an interest in turning waste into hydrogen and the circular economy. We will deploy 800 pumps by 2027 and 2,000 pumps by 2030 to help the UK meet its net zero emissions target by 2050.
The plastic-to-hydrogen plant and the filling station are part of the Plastic Park planned in Protos. The £ 165 million Plastic Park will bring together a variety of plastic recycling and treatment technologies, each designed to get the most benefit from plastic waste. A building application for the Plastic Park is expected this year.