Shenzhen is building the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant that once operational will process up to 5,000 tonnes of waste each day.
The process captures heat from incinerating unwanted waste materials, which drives a turbine to generate electricity. China has the world’s largest installed waste-to-energy capacity, with more than 300 plants in operation. This capacity has increased annually by 26% over the past five years, compared with just 4% average growth in capacity in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.
Once constructed, Shenzhen’s new plant will combust roughly a third of the city’s daily domestic waste. It will also generate some renewable energy via 40,000 square meters of solar panels on its roof.