Linde is looking to strengthen its hydrogen assets in Europe, having today (6th September) announced a new agreement with Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) to deploy unique waste-to-hydrogen systems in Poland.

Developed by UK-based Powerhouse Energy, the gasification technology, dubbed DMG®, can covert up to 40 tonnes of plastic waste daily into 58MWh of renewable electric and clean hydrogen – marking a huge step forward for the Polish hydrogen economy. 

Roll-out of the technology is soon set to power ahead with Linde and HUI confirming that they are in the final stage of signing a mutual contract for the syngas clean-up. HUI have already acquired the exclusive rights for the Powerhouse technology in Poland.

A feasibility study which is currently being carried out by Linde, HUI and Powerhouse envisages a first plant to be jointly developed in Konin, Central Poland. Once operational, it is hoped the produced hydrogen will fuel city buses, other heavy-duty vehicles and passenger cars.

On the ambitions, Aleksandra Binkowska, CEO of HUI, said, “We are proud to have Linde, who are proven hydrogen experts, on board for this project. In the case of DMG deployment in Poland, Linde’s efficiency will speed up decarbonising my country.”

“Thanks to the Powerhouse Energy DMG technology, we also aim to offer a valid solution to a massive plastic waste issue which we are facing at the moment in Poland.”

Harald Ranke, Managing Director at Selas-Linde, added, “We at Linde are very happy to contribute our gas-cleaning and hydrogen technologies to this forward-looking project. Producing hydrogen from plastic waste will help to solve an environmental problem and at the same time foster decentralised hydrogen utilisation.”

The project is currently subject to funding approval by the Just Transition Fund which will be matched by finds from the Polish Government under the JUST Transition fund terms of Government matching funds.