Converting unwanted waste into energy will support both the UAE’s energy diversification and waste management objectives, experts from Masdar and Bee’ah told Instagram users on the first “Masdar Talks” event.
Hamza Al Jafri, general manager for the Sharjah waste to energy project at Masdar, and Nouf Wazir, a project engineer at waste management company Bee’ah, featured on the event, the first in a regular series launched by Masdar. The two companies are jointly developing the UAE’s first waste-to-energy facility, located in Sharjah, which is set to go live next year.
Waste is a growing problem for all nations, Wazir told the audience, with residents in the UAE producing on average 1.2-1.3kg per day. The UAE Vision 2021 is targeting a goal of 75 percent of solid waste being diverted from landfills, and waste-to-energy technology will help to achieve this target. Wazir said.
The Sharjah waste-to-energy facility will process more than 37.5 tonnes of waste per hour, generating up to 30MW of power – enough to power 28,000 homes – which will be supplied directly to the Sharjah electricity grid, Al Jafri told viewers. It will also displace almost 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year – equivalent to removing 100,000 cars from the road.
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