PowerHouse Energy Group plc (AIM: PHE), the UK technology company pioneering hydrogen production from waste plastic, is pleased to announce significant progress towards the first commercial operation of DMG® Technology at Protos in the UK.
Peel L&P Environmental, have completed their review of the completed engineering work and moved to a commitment to the next stage of development and engineering for the Protos Energy Park. Peel is committing to fund the next stage of development of the DMG® plant at Protos up to a financial close, the point at which full project third party funding is secured.
With preliminary engineering for the site having been completed, the design has progressed such that the DMG® facilities at Protos would now have the capacity to process 35 tonnes per day of waste plastics, targeting to produce 3.8MWe on-site and exporting 3.4MWe electricity and up to 2 tonnes of hydrogen per day from the site. The planning permission application is currently under review.
In the next stage, Peel will place contracts with engineering contractors for the management, civil and plant engineering design all of which are expected to be placed in January 2020. The Peel commitment will extend to other site planning, feedstock and site infrastructure activities, including the provision of engineering services by PHE.
This next stage in the project forms part of the collaboration agreement signed in August 2019 with Peel Environmental and Waste2tricity to develop a minimum of 11 sites in the UK for DMG® facilities. All parties in the collaboration have also been involved in developing the future deployment plans across the other 10 sites and further announcements will be made when these commitment contracts are completed.
Peel has a strategy to develop “Plastic Parks” where waste plastics are recycled and regenerated. Peel’s plans are to bring together potential counterparties for waste, power, and hydrogen with a net negative CO2 contribution for each site. PHE’s DMG® process will be an enabling technology to ensure no plastic is sent to landfill from these sites by regenerating the waste plastic into power and hydrogen.
David Ryan, CEO of PowerHouse Energy, commented: “This agreement represents the completion of the preliminary engineering stage and I am most encouraged that the PHE team have achieved a major uplift in the performance of the DMG process, including almost doubling the hydrogen output to 2 tonnes, significantly enhancing our partners commercial drivers. The commitment demonstrates significant commercial confidence from Peel L&P Environmental to the immediate and long-term deployment of the process in the UK.”
Myles Kitcher, Managing Director of Peel L&P Environmental commented: “This further agreement reflects the confidence we have in the DMG Technology which will enable us to tackle the plastic challenge head-on with an integrated approach to recycling and energy recovery. DMG allows us to eliminate landfill from our site, by regeneration of wasted plastic into power and hydrogen. We are excited to be implementing our strategy in partnership with PowerHouse Energy and for Protos to be the first application of their ground-breaking technology to improve the waste management process and the environment in the UK.”
Tim Yeo, Chairman of Waste2Tricity commented: “We are delighted with this significant step forward to the deployment of an environmentally important technology. We warmly welcome the closer involvement of Peel L&P Environmental in the development of the DMG Technology.”