The $ 1.6 million grant will allow Waste2tricity to build the facility’s “thermal conversion chamber”, which will heat the plastic until it decomposes into different gases.

A tech company looking to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic waste has now received a £ 1.25million ($ 1.64million) grant for its first commercial plant, which will be built in the north west England.

Waste2tricity will use the funds to build the facility’s thermal conversion chamber, a key part of the Distributed Modular Generation (DMG) system developed by its partner, the PowerHouse Energy (PHE) group, which is listed on the AIM exchange, and which is, moreover, in the process of acquiring Waste2Tricity.

The DMG process works reheat plastic waste (or old tires) at temperatures above 850 ° C, which not only melts the plastic, but also converts molten plastic into syngas – a mixture of methane, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The hydrogen is separated for later use, and the remaining gases are cleaned and burned to generate electricity, with the waste heat also available for local distribution.

The £ 7million plant near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, which Waste2tricity is designing with infrastructure company Peel Environmental, will be able to process 35 tonnes of plastic waste and produce up to two tonnes of hydrogen per day, while producing 3.8 MW of electricity (of which 3.4 MW will be exported).

It is intended to be the first of at least 11 DMG factories to be built in the UK in a £ 130million collaboration between Peel and PHE.

The £ 1.25million grant comes from the £ 4.1million Energy Fund of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Business Association, a non-profit organization run by local authorities and businesses. It is conditional on obtaining by the establishment of a building permit later this year.

This grant recognizes the importance of PHE’s DMG technology and the impact it can have on Cheshire and Warrington and potentially the country towards the goal of net zero emissions – through the creation of hydrogen fuel from waste plastics.

Tim Yeo, President of Waste2tricity.

More information: