There are a number of ways for garbage disposal but the best way is to dispose off garbage in such a way that it produces energy in the process. Waste to energy plants serve this exact purpose. There have been a number of plants springing up all around the world and now the government of Dubai has announced plans to build the world’s largest waste to energy plant.
When the waste to energy plant is up and running, it is expected to treat up to 2 million tons of solid waste every year. This is almost 60% of Dubai’s annual garbage production. Running on these specifics will give the plan the capacity of 185 MW. This is equal to 2 percent of Dubai’s annual energy consumption and will be able to power 120,000 homes.
The waste to energy plant in Shenzhen China is currently on track to be the world’s largest but Dubai can bag the title if it manages to meet the goals it has set for itself. Both the plants have a completion date of 2020 and both of them can process over 5,500 tons of waste per day. Dubai’s plant has a 20 MW higher output than Shenzhen but it is not a competition and the more these plants are built, the better it is for humanity.
The plant in Dubai will be built over 5-acres of land in the Warsan area and the electricity will be fed into the local grid by way of HV 123 kV cables. The Dubai Municipality is partnering with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Belgian construction company Besix Group and Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova for the project.
The estimated cost of the project is around $680 million and the construction is set to begin in the next few months. If things proceed according to plan, the plant should be operational before Dubai hosts the 2020 Expo. You can see what the Dubai government has to say about the project in the video below: