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University helps develop solution to world's waste plastic problem

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The University of Chester is joining the fight against plastic waste as it helps Powerhouse Energy PLC (AIM:PHE) DMG® and Waste2Tricity (W2T) to develop world-leading technology  to turn unrecyclable plastic into low cost and low carbon hydrogen fuel and electricity.

The University of Chester’s Energy Centre at Thornton Science Park is working with PowerHouse Energy to ‘turn off the plastic tap into the ocean’ to ultimately clean it up. The innovative technology turns waste plastic into electricity and low-cost hydrogen, which can be used for transport fuel. The process takes all mixed waste plastic in an untreated unsorted contaminated form and requires no sorting or washing. This ground breaking technology has the potential to not only create a green fuel but to clean up plastic from the world’s oceans.


The technology developed by the University and Powerhouse Energy, over several years, currently demonstrates small scale conversion of plastic to hydrogen and electricity with zero plastic remaining.  W2T are the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia including Japan and South Korea for the Powerhouse PLC DMG (distributes modular generation) for waste plastic to hydrogen and electricity. W2T will then aim to roll out plants in SE Asia to clean up waste plastic and to monetise plastic via this highly efficient conversion system. This will enable W2T plants to buy in unrecyclable plastic waste in countries, such as Indonesia for $50 a ton. Therefore, dissuading the disposal of waste plastic in rivers and oceans. 


The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas which can then be used to power gas engines.  A by-product of this process is electricity, meaning waste plastic can not only fuel cars but can also keep the lights on at home. 


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