UK’s First Facility to Convert Plastic into Hydrogen Fuel
The project for UK's first facility that converts plastic waste into hydrogen fuel for buses and trucks is about to kickstart, as the assessment phase was completed last week. This is welcome news indeed.
The facility will be situated within Peel L&P Environmental’s Protos energy hub located between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. The technology that converts plastic into renewable hydrogen was developed at the neighboring Thornton Science Park.
The Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study estimates the conversion plant will cost a whopping £20 million. People from Peel L&P say that the project is planned to be the first out of 11 such facilities across the UK in the next few years.
According to BusinessGreen, Peel is currently applying for an environmental permit, hoping that construction will start by the end of the year.
"’This FEED phase is an important step forward in delivering this innovative technology at Protos," said Richard Barker, director at Peel L&P Environmental. ‘Working with Powerhouse Energy we're creating a blueprint for this UK first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, with plans to roll out over 70 more across the UK.’"
The plastic conversion facility is the first stage of a “plastic park” that would include a number of different ways to solve UK’s plastic waste problem.
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