UK to get new plant for converting waste plastic into hydrogen

Circular economy Hydrogen

United Kingdom – Peel NRE, Powerhouse Energy’s UK channel partner, has received planning approval in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, for a hydrogen facility.

The 13,500-tonne facility, which will be built at Rothesay Dock on the Clyde’s north bank, will be the UK’s second to use Powerhouse’s technology to convert waste plastic into hydrogen. The hydrogen will be used as a clean vehicle fuel, with plans for a nearby hydrogen refueling station. It comes on the heels of the UK government doubling its hydrogen production target by 2030 as part of the recently released Energy Security Strategy, allowing for the production of more clean and affordable energy in the UK as global energy prices continue to rise.

The Rothesey Dock site has received planning approval, which is an important first step in the process of getting the facility built there. This is the second facility in the pipeline, with the first set to open at Peel NRE’s Protos facility in Cheshire. The Cheshire site has already received planning approval, and Peel NRE plans to begin construction this year.

Facilities across UK

According to Zero Waste Scotland, around 500,000 tonnes of waste plastic are produced in Scotland each year, with research conducted by Anthesis on behalf of Peel NRE indicating that around 300,000 tonnes are produced in Scotland’s central belt.

In the medium term, Peel NRE and Powerhouse have agreed to collaborate on the development of 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK, with the option of exclusive rights for a total of 70 facilities. The facility in North Clyde is the second to sign on to the collaboration agreement.