World’s Largest Waste-to-Energy Power Plant Slated for Shenzhen, China

The plant is expected to incinerate 5,000 tons of garbage per day.

Shenzhen, China (Photo by YoTuT on Flickr)

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Two Danish architecture firms have won a competition to design the world’s largest waste-to-energy power plant in the mountainous region outside of Shenzhen, China, according to Dezeen.

The proposed plant is expected to incinerate 5,000 tons of garbage per day, about a third of the waste generated each year by Shenzhen’s 20 million inhabitants.

“The project firstly aims to provide a clean, simple and modern technical facility to deal with the city’s growing waste,” architect Chris Hardie, head of Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shanghai office, told Dezeen. His firm partnered on the design with Gottlieb Paludan Architects.

The facility is designed as a large circular building, with a roof covered in photovoltaic panels to generate the plant’s own sustainable energy supply. The design aims to keep the facility as compact as possible by enclosing all aspects of operation in the singular circular building, which will be surrounded by a landscaped park. A series of visitor facilities, including a looping walkway leading to a rooftop view, will allow a behind-the-scenes perspective of the plant’s inner workings.

Operations at the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant are expected to begin by 2020.

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Jen Kinney is a freelance writer and documentary photographer. Her work has also appeared in Philadelphia Magazine, High Country News online, and the Anchorage Press. She is currently a student of radio production at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. See her work at

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