Dubai inaugurates world’s largest waste-to-energy plant

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has launched the world’s largest renewable energy plant. The project is estimated to cost 4 billion dirhams (US$1.09 billion).

The Crown Prince said the plant in the Warsan area would be the world’s largest and most efficient centre for converting waste into energy. For example, the plant is capable of producing 220 megawatt hours of renewable energy, which can power 135,000 homes.

What’s more, the plant will recycle 2 million tonnes of waste per year without harming the environment. The project will reinforce “Dubai’s status as a world leader in developing sustainable infrastructure,” Sheikh Hamdan added. The plant will be fully operational in 2024.

Earlier this week, the UAE Cabinet announced plans to triple the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the country’s energy mix within seven years. The announcement was made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The UAE authorities also intend to make investments of between 150 billion and 200 billion dirhams (US$ 40.8 billion to US$ 54.5 billion) over that time to meet the growing demand for electricity due to rapid economic growth.

The UAE government has also adopted a national strategy to harness hydrogen, which has become one of the most important sources of clean energy. The strategy aims to strengthen the UAE’s role as a hydrogen producer and exporter by developing supply chains, creating ‘hydrogen oases’ and launching a national research and development centre for hydrogen applications.


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