A first look at the the UK’s first Plastic Park being developed by Peel L&P Environmental has been unveiled. The Plastic Park will include the Powerhouse Energy Group plc (AIM: PHE) DMG® technology which will form a major part of the solution to unrecyclable plastics.
Located near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the Plastic Park will be at the existing 54-hectare Protos energy and resource hub. Protos brings together large energy users with sources of low-carbon energy, and clusters together resource management technologies. At the Plastic Park, PHE’s technology will provide a solution to unrecyclable plastics whilst creating hydrogen – a fuel that is now widely tipped to be vital in getting to net zero emissions, improving air quality and creating a green economic recovery post-Covid-19. Consented earlier this year and already under development, next year will see the first commercial use of the technology at the Plastic Park. The parks could provide a complete solution for the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated in the UK each year, preventing it ending up in landfill or the ocean.
PowerHouse Energy and Peel L&P Environmental are collaborating to develop 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK, which will revolutionise the way that plastic waste is currently handled.
Tim Yeo, Chairman of Powerhouse Energy Group added:
“We are delighted that our DMG technology is to play such a key role in Peel L&P Environmental’s Plastic Park strategy. And we are particularly proud to be part of Protos as one of the key projects driving forward the net zero economy in the North West and part of the region’s plan to become the first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030.
“Being on the Plastic Park will give us easier access to materials from other businesses on site that can then be turned into hydrogen and electricity. We can create value from what is otherwise a waste product. We’re looking forward to opening the plastics to hydrogen facility next year, and welcoming neighbours that share our vision.”
Richard Barker, Development Director, Peel L&P Environmental said:
“Currently only around a third of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic that the UK throws away each year is recycled, meaning we urgently need new infrastructure. The pandemic has highlighted how essential this material is to everyday life, but how it is dealt with when it comes to the end of its life needs addressing. Our first Plastic Park will be at our flagship strategic energy and resource hub, Protos. It will bring together a range of technologies each designed to maximise the value we can get from plastic waste. With front end sorting we can make sure that as much plastic as possible is recycled and then use innovative technologies to either create fuels, such as hydrogen, or new products from what’s left. We can take any type of plastic, whether it’s been mixed or separated, so it’s a simple solution for local councils.”