Protos is an energy and resource hub located near Ellesmere Port in the North West of England. Developed by Peel NRE, it clusters together innovative technologies, connecting energy-intensive businesses with sources of low-carbon energy. 


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Protos boasts excellent connectivity linking the site to surrounding industry via road and canal. Its strategic location between Chester, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool and Manchester makes it the ultimate destination for UK and international markets. Located on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, the site is within 17 miles of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and 27 miles of Manchester Airport.

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Innovation and skills

Progressive ideas and innovation helped power the industrial revolution in the UK. Today, innovation is a key driver at Protos.

Protos is a place where concepts are taken from inception through to development; demonstration and large-scale application at one strategic location.

Prosperous industries create thriving supply chains. Protos clusters complementary businesses in the energy and environmental sectors together, unlocking new opportunities for suppliers and access to new markets.


Clean growth means delivering increased economic growth while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Peel NRE is a founding member of the industry led collaboration - Net Zero North West - which has come together to rise to the challenger of becoming the world's first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.

The bold vision for the North West could see £207bn invested in the region, which will turbocharge the UK economy by £285bn GVA and safeguard or create over 660,000 jobs. The Net Zero North West Cluster plan sets out a clear roadmap to decarbonisation with a series of interventions that will save 17 million tonnes of C02 from industry every year.

Protos is a key project within the cluster with the aim of providing low carbon, reliable energy directly to industrial neighbours, and capturing their CO2 emissions, helping them meet their zero carbon goals.

An important part of the cluster is the leading work taking place in the North West around hydrogen. Peel NRE  is one of the founding members of the North West Hydrogen Alliance and there are plans to develop the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility at Protos. Protos is a key stakeholder in the HyNet North West project, the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK which could see hydrogen blended into the gas grid and piped into homes and businesses by 2024.