China may be home to the world’s filthiest air, but it’s planning one mother of a redemption arc. Coming soonish to the mountains of Shenzhen: the world’s biggest solar-powered waste-to-energy plant.
The Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will be aiming to incinerate 5,000 tons of waste per day.
So far, building plans revolve around a 66 square meter roof, two thirds of which will be devoted to solar panels. The remaining third will go towards green roofs, water collection, and recycling systems.
Also, the whole thing is aimed at being visitor-friendly, with a panorama discovery path and everything:
The plant is intended to showcase the Waste-to-Energy production as an important technical process that is geared to deal with the issues of growing waste, as well as the issue of finding more environmentally friendly ways of generating electricity. At the same time visitors become informed on the challenge of the growing amounts of waste we produce every day and are also educated on initiatives on how to reduce their own amount of daily waste.
No timetable for construction yet exists, although it’s estimated to take 2-6 years. And if you weren’t already hyperventilating (from the excitement), there’s also the potential for even more plants of its kind in Shenzhen.
Learn more about the project below:
By Pinky Latt
[Image via Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects]