Peel Environmental has signed a deal with a technology developer for a possible energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at its Protos site in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
The memorandum of understanding with PowerHouse Energy Group covers a collaboration period until May 2018 and sets out the basis on which the two companies will work together.
The EfW plant would be PowerHouse’s first commercial enterprise, using its G3-UHt reactor technology system (pictured below), at the Protos site together with five other potential plants.
But there is no certainty that the deal will proceed to “definitive agreements between the parties”.
Keith Allaun (pictured above), executive chairman of PowerHouse, said: “With multiple waste management sites located across the UK, Peel has the experience to see projects from greenfield through to completion.
“Their vision for Protos – to create a robust EfW and alternative energy ecosystem in a single, large and fully integrated facility – makes them an ideal partner for a company like ours.”
Myles Kitcher, managing director of Peel, said: “Peel Environmental is extremely enthusiastic about supporting PowerHouse and adding it to the growing energy park at our Protos facility.”
The Protos site, formerly known as Ince Park, was opened last month by communities minister Andrew Percy.
Last May, Peel shrunk its plan for an EfW facility with technology developer Covanta on the same site from 95MW to 35MW due to “market conditions”.
The 134-acre site is the only energy-focused development in the Government’s ’Northern Powerhouse’ portfolio, and will attract £5bn-worth of investment across 13 projects.
In January, PowerHouse also signed a 24-month joint development agreement with consultancy Waste2Tricity, which brokered the deal with Peel.
Waste2Tricity will be compensated in PowerHouse shares for its fees of £20,000 a month, and the profits of any successful projects will be split evenly between the companies.
John Hall, Waste2Tricity managing director, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to get involved at the early stage of commercialisation of a product that we believe will have an enormous impact on the distributed waste conversion market, distributed power market and, in the future, the distributed hydrogen market.
“In addition to working on deploying the systems, we will also be working with PowerHouse to find ways of reducing manufacturing costs, especially with our existing relationships in Thailand.”
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