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Designing the world's largest waste-to-energy plant

Construction work has begun on the world's largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen. The plant has been designed by ÅF's architects at Gottlieb Paludan Architects.

In Shenzhen, China foundations have been laid out for the world's largest waste-to-energy facility. The plant has been designed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects and SHL Architects, who collaborated to win the international design competition in 2016, seeing off competition from Arup, Aecom, Atkins and others.

The design organizes the entire plant layout, including auxiliary buildings, into one circular building - breaking with the traditional rectangular layout of technical facilities. The simple circular form minimizes the footprint of the plant, which is situated in a scenic mountainous landscape outside the city. The 66,000 m² roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000 m² of solar panels, providing the opportunity for the plant to produce even more energy for the city.

The new Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will incinerate 5,000 tonnes of waste per day, corresponding to one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants. The plant will utilize the most advanced technology in waste incineration and power generation and, at the same time, act as a source of education for the citizens of Shenzhen.

The plant is intended to showcase waste-to-energy production as an important technical process that deals with the issues of growing amounts of waste as well as the issue of finding more environmentally friendly ways of generating power. The facility is scheduled to be ready for operation from 2020.