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Shenzhen, China - Waste-to-energy Plant

The team of Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have won the international competition to design the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant.

The new Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will incinerate 5,000 tonnes of waste per day - equalling 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 winning design organizes the entire plant, including auxiliary buildings, into one circular building - breaking with the traditional rectangular layout of technical facilities. By proposing a clear circular form the footprint of the plant is reduced.

The 66,000m2 roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000m2 of photovoltaic panels providing the opportunity for the plant to produce even more for the city.

The plant is intended to showcase the 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. 

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