Peel NRE developing second £20M plastic-to-hydrogen facility

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Peel NRE, a subsidiary of Peel L&P, intends to build a second waste plastic to hydrogen facility near Rothesay Dock, West Dunbartonshire.

The £20 million facility will collect non-recyclable plastics intended for waste, incineration, or shipment overseas and convert them into a sustainable hydrogen source on-site. Hydrogen will be utilized as a clean fuel for buses, vehicles, and HGVs, and the site will also include a hydrogen refueling station.

The 13,500 tonne plant will be the second in the UK to utilise Powerhouse Energy Group plc’s technology, after the approval of plans for a similar plant at Peel NRE’s Protos plant in Cheshire in 2019.

Richard Barker, Director at Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, 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.”

Tim Yeo, Executive Chairman of Powerhouse Energy said: “We are delighted Powerhouse technology is to be deployed in Scotland, helping the region improve air quality and provide a solution to end-of-life plastic.  This new facility will play an important role in supporting the objective of both Holyrood and Westminster to make hydrogen a key element of Scotland’s decarbonisation strategy.  We welcome plans to co-locate a re-fuelling station at the site which will help increase uptake of hydrogen fuel in the region and add to Scotland’s growing hydrogen economy.  All eyes are on Scotland ahead of the important COP26 meeting in Glasgow later this year, so we are delighted our pioneering, clean energy technology will help put Scotland on the path to net zero”.  

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