World’s largest waste to energy plant to be designed in China

February 11, 2016 0 By Angie Bergenson
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Two Danish firms have won an international competition to build the biggest energy from waste plant in Shenzhen, China.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects, two Danish architect firms, have won a competition, over five other teams, to design a waste to energy plant for the mountainous region located on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The plant is projected to incinerate 5,000 tons of waste per day, which is about equal to one third of the waste that is produced by Shenzhen’s 20 million residents, every year.

Two thirds of the massive roof will be covered with PV panels.

The architects intend to design a huge circular building, instead of a traditional rectangular building, which will have a 66,000 square-meter roof. The portion of the roof that will be covered by photovoltaic (PV) panels will enable the green building to produce its own sustainable supply of power.

According to the designers, the waste to energy plant will make use of the most advanced technology in waste incineration and energy generation. The goal of the building’s design is to make the plant as compact as possible, with all aspects of operation being enclosed in the one large building.

The waste to energy plant will also serve as a source of education for visitors.

Surrounding the facility, will be a landscaped park. There will also be a series of visitor facilities, which will serve as a source of education for the residents of Shenzhen. Among these facilities will be a looping walkway that leads to a rooftop viewing platform, giving visitor a behind-the-scenes look at the plant’s interior operations.

Chris Hardi, head of Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shangai Office, explained that the project’s primary objective is to provide a facility that has been designed to be clean and simple with modern technology to deal with Shenzhen’s growing waste challenge.

Hardi told Dezeen that, in addition, the plant “aims to educate visitors to this growing waste challenge by taking them on an elevated walkway tour of the plant that ends with a 1.5-kilometre panoramic view of both the surrounding mountains and the 66,000-square-metre roofscape that will be geared to producing actual renewable energy.”

The Shenzhen East Waste to Energy Plant is slated to begin operation by 2020.