PowerHouse Energy Group PLC (LON:PHE) has announced the completion of the first phase of the re-commissioning of the waste to energy company’s G3-UHt unit, with the successful production of gas from the system.
In a statement, the AIM-listed group said that the G3-UHt unit – which was shipped over to the UK from Australia earlier this year - operated at a temperature of over 1000 degrees Celcius, demonstrating its capacity to “gasify any historically difficult waste material and generate synthesis gas.”
Powerhouse said that, as previously announced, the G3-UHt will now be moved to the Thornton Science Park, operated by the University of Chester, where the firm will establish its offices at the Energy Centre of the Park.
The company said it anticipates that several external cosmetic improvements will be made to the G3-UHt unit over the coming period and will continue the development of its automation processes at its new facility.
It added that rather than operate from a container, as previously anticipated, PowerHouse has negotiated a two year lease of a purpose-built emission laboratory/test facility at Thornton, where the G3-UHt unit will be installed.
In early trading today, PowerHouse shares were up almost 12%, or 0.10p to 0.95p.
Keith Allaun, Powerhouse’s executive chairman, said: “The successful re-commissioning of the G3-UHt unit, here in the UK, represents the starting point of our journey to commercialisation.”
Separately, the company said, it has been invited to join the North West Hydrogen Hub, whose members include companies such as Peel Environmental, Linde Group (BOC), Ineos, AFC Energy plc (LON:AFC), and the Thornton Science Park, to explore how Distributed Modular Gasification can be a key to unlocking the distributed Hydrogen Economy.