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World's largest waste-to-energy plant to be built in Dubai

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Dubai intends to build the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant, providing power to as many as 120,000 homes by 2020.

Located at a waste landfill site in Warsan, the planned facility will treat over 5,000 tons of non-recyclable municipal solid waste per day, making a total of 1,825,000 tons a year that will be converted into renewable energy. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 171MW. Once complete, the plant will be connected to the local grid through 132kV cables.
A visualisation of the planned Dubai waste-to-energy plant.
(A visualisation of the planned Dubai waste-to-energy plant. Image via Hitachi Zosen Inova).

Waste-to-energy plants function by thermally treating waste. Supplied by municipal dumps the plants receive the waste via underground hoppers that mix various waste types together. The waste is then burned, with the resulting heat used to convert water into superheated steam which expands in a steam turbine generator to produce electricity.

With the plant expected to be completed ahead of Dubai’s World Expo in 2020, Dubai is demonstrating a strong commitment to its strategic plans to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development.

Waste-to-energy projects worldwide

Dubai is not the only country exploring the possibility offered by waste-to-energy plants.

China’s Shenzhen East waste-to-energy plant is currently under construction and will be able to process over 5,000 tons of waste per day.
A visualisation of China's Shenghzen waste-to-energy plant.
(A visualisation of China’s Shenzhen waste-to-energy plant.)

European countries like Sweden, Germany and Luxembourg are also currently examining the feasibility of using waste-to-energy plants to meet their domestic power requirements.

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