The energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has signed a deal with Powerhouse Energy to use its technology, which turns waste plastic into hydrogen.

The distributes modular generation (DMG) technology has been developed by Powerhouse Energy over several years at the University of Chester Energy Centre.

It is able to convert unrecyclable plastic into high-grade hydrogen for use as a transport fuel, while also generating power for export to the grid.

Waste2Tricity is now planning to build a plastics-to-hydrogen plant at its 54-acre Protos site, near Ellesmore Port in Cheshire.

The next stage of development will also focus on harnessing the technology to allow it to produce hydrogen for use in a distributed hydrogen network, as well as syngas production for generating electricity.

“We are excited to be the exclusive representative for the Powerhouse DMG system in a number of geographical regions particularly in South East Asia where 90 per cent of ocean plastic emanates from,” said Waste2Tricity’s chair, John Hall.

“Signing this agreement with Powerhouse Energy means this technology will soon be ready for a large scale roll out to eliminate the bulk of ocean plastics and making hydrogen the go-to fuel for the future.”

The chief executive of Powerhouse Energy, David Ryan added: “This is the first revenue generating contract signed by PHE 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.”

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