17 April 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Cheshire ‘plastics-to-gas’ plant agreement signed

PowerHouse Energy – the company behind a ‘waste plastics to gas’ technology – has signed a deal which will see its technology used at the Protos Energy Hub in Cheshire.

PowerHouse announced the deal with Energy from Waste specialist Waste2Tricity today (17 April), which will see Powerhouse “provide planning and engineering design services” to the company.

A total of close to £7 million is being invested to develop the facility that will treat up to 25 tonnes of waste plastics a day, using the technology provided by PowerHouse.

David Ryan, chief executive of PowerHouse Energy (left) and John Hall, managing director of Waste2Tricity, signing the agreement

PowerHouse’s ‘DMG Technology’ uses thermal conversion to turn plastics into syngas, which can be used to power buses and HGVs.

The agreement between PowerHouse and Waste2Tricity incorporates design rights, build contracts and licensing proposition of its technology for the development.

Waste2Tricity says it is currently in talks with suppliers of plastics for the facility.

Commenting on the partnership, David Ryan, chief executive of PowerHouse Energy, said: “This is the first revenue generating contract signed by PHE [PowerHouse Energy] and follows the typical revenue regime we will be following for future developments, recognising that more substantial revenues will arise from IP, Design Rights, and licensing and operational engineering in due course.”

Facility

The 54-acre Protos site near Ellesmere Port is being developed as an ‘energy hub’ by owner Peel Environmental, with current developments including a waste wood gasification plant, alongside plans for a 350,000 tonnes-per-year energy from waste plant.

Commenting on the agreement announced today, John Hall, chairman of Waste2Tricity (Protos) Limited commented: “This agreement formalises our commitment to implement DMG Technology on the Protos site. We are working closely in partnership with Peel Environmental, the overall Protos Energy Hub site owners, to finalise all the design parameters with PHE to take the development to the FEED stage and through to fabrication and construction as soon as practical.”

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