Peel Environmental have submitted plans for a cutting edge waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, with the scheme aiming to reduce fossil fuel consumption, reduce waste and help tackle the ongoing climate emergency.

The company will be further detailing their plans at the upcoming Building Zero Carbon Britain and Energy Development Conferences

The £7m plant will use advanced thermal treatment technology developed by PowerHouse Energy Group at Thornton Science Park.

It will take up to 35 tonnes of unrecyclable plastics a day and create a local source of hydrogen which could be used to power road vehicles and as a clean and low-cost fuel for buses, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and cars.

The facility would also generate electricity which could be provided to commercial users via a microgrid at Protos.

The development – which is being brought forward in partnership with Waste2Tricity – would see a further 14 jobs created, with more than 100 lined up during fabrication and construction.

Myles Kitcher from Peel Environmental said: “This is a great step forward towards delivering the first of many waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK.

“There is huge potential for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in our transport system. We already have hydrogen buses in Liverpool and trains being converted to hydrogen in Widnes.”

John Hall from Waste2Tricity added: “We are excited to have submitted plans for this first plant – the first in a series of developments that have the capability to make the North West a leader in moving towards clean energy and to help in achieving the government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.”