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. It could see over 3,000 jobs created and over £700m invested in the local area.


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Protos boasts excellent connectivity linking the site to surrounding industry via road, rail 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.

Through collaboration with the University of Chester's neighbouring Thornton Science Park, Protos provides a supportive environment where ideas can come to life. Thornton offers world-class facilities; direct access to a highly-skilled and futureproof workforce; and ‘incubator’ spaces where innovative enterprises can develop.

With Government support and financial backing from the European Regional Development Fund, Thornton Science Park is well-placed to be at the forefront of innovation in the energy, environment, engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors.

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 UK's first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

Bringing together the city regions of Liverpool and Manchester, alongside Cheshire and Warrington, the cluster could deliver 33,000 jobs, over £4bn investment and save 10 million tonnes of carbon per year. Protos is a key project within the cluster with the aim of providing low carbon, reliable energy directly to industrial neighbours, 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 (formerly Peel Environmental) 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.

Protos also sits at the heart of the Energy Innovation District (EID) which brings together energy users, network owners, innovators and partners. The EID is looking to develop a local, smart energy grid which could lead to significant energy cost savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This new energy system will set the blueprint for the UK and help unlock supply chain and global investment opportunities.