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China Set to Build World's Biggest Waste-to-Energy Power Plant

The Property Addict / Architecture & Design

Feb 12 2016

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By Nick Mafi Designed by a pair of Danish firms, the plant will measure nearly one mile in circumference For some, turning various types of waste into energy sounds like crazy a futuristic concept. Yet, it's a process that's been happening for several years. But no where in the world will it happen on such a massive scale than in China. Two Danish firms Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have just won a competition to build the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant. Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, the factory will turn 5,500 tons of waste into energy each day. To put this number into context, that's roughly one-third of the waste produced daily by the city's 20 million residents. What's more, the plant will generate additional power through solar panels installed on the 710,000-square-foot roof. The factory's circular design, measuring nearly one mile in circumference, will allow the entire plant to be housed within a single building. The facility is meant to be educational as well as functional, and the architects incorporated a network of elevated walkways within the space; visitors will be able to safely tour the plant and observe each part of the conversion process. The goal is to show guests both the amount of waste produced by the city and the exciting capability of the new technology. Construction will begin this year, with the plant scheduled to start operating in 2020. AD

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