China turns trash island into power plant park
The Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy power plant, China (Credit: www.shl.dk) Photograph: (Others)
China will soon be home to the world’s largest garbage disposal power plants, but this one is not just special for its size or recycling efficiency: this plant is also pleasing to the eye. The power plant in Shenzhen will be designed by two Danish firms, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects, who plan to create an architectural wonder with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain range.
The project is an indicator of the forward thinking developments made within the waste-to-energy sector in China (Others)
The project includes a circular building with a 66,000 square metre roof, of which two-thirds will be covered with photovoltaic panels to generate its own sustainable energy supply. The plant will be open to visitors, so people can enjoy the sight of the plant's inner workings and also the manicured lawns and scenic sights from the rooftop.
The proposed project is expected to incinerate 5,000 tonnes of rubbish per day, one third of the waste generated by the city. The architects aim to create a clean and simple mechanism for dealing with the world's ever-growing trash. Currently, the World Bank predicts that the global rubbish disposal will triple to 4 billion tons a year by 2100.
The Shenzhen East waste-to-energy plant is scheduled to start operating by the year 2020. It is a response to the need for us to change our collective mindset and attitude towards ownership and accountability for the waste we produce.
(Contributed by: Zeba Khan)