Located in Shenzhen, China, it will be ready by 2020 and its capacity will reach 5000 tn/day!
The new Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plant, designed by a group of Danish architectures, is considered to be a solution to the city’s waste problem. At least 1/3 of Shenzhen’s waste will be treated there, as it has a capacity of 5000 tons per day. The power which will be generated from incineration will partially cover the city’s needs in electricity.
The design of this construction is unique. It has a circular form of 1.6 km (1 mile) in circumference, and its roof is covered with almost 44000 m2 (500.000 ft2) of photovoltaics. It is the first WTE plant featuring a renewable component to it, let alone a pedestrian path along the roof!
Waste incineration is becoming very popular in China. The government is planning to build 300 WTE plants in the next 3 years, in order to minimize the expanding dumps and to deal with the growing quantities of waste (it is estimated that by 2020, Chinese people will produce more than 230 tn of solid waste per year). The country had 138 waste incineration plants in operation in 2012 with aggregate processing volume exceeding 35 million tons. No other country in the world incinerates such large quantities of waste.
However, it is more important to control waste generation than constantly building WTE plants, and it is very critical to educate the world's most populous nation in that direction...
Watch the video below for more information and a 3D display of the building!!