Dubai announces plans for world’s biggest waste-to-energy facility

February 1, 2018 by  
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Dubai plans to deal with their garbage in a bold new way: with the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world. Gulf News and New Atlas reported the government announced plans for a facility that will handle as much as two million tons of solid waste yearly. That’s around 60 percent of the trash Dubai produces in a year. With a 185 megawatt (MW) capacity, the plant will generate power for around 120,000 homes. Dubai’s launching an ambitious effort to turn junk into energy . The waste-to-energy plant will treat around 5,000 metric tons every single day, and will generate as much power as 2,000 skyscrapers as big as the Burj Khalifa could consume – roughly two percent of Dubai’s annual electricity consumption, according to the Government of Dubai Media Office . Related: World’s largest waste-to-energy plant in China will be topped with green roofs and photovoltaics Dubai will raise the waste-to-energy plant on five acres of land, and will partner with Switzerland-based waste-to-energy technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova and Belgian construction company BESIX on the project. HV 132kV cables will connect the plant to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s grid. DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer told Gulf News, “This will be a new source of [power] supply for Dubai. This will improve security of supply.” Construction will commence in a few months, according to Dubai Municipality director general Hussain Nasser Lootah, and the plant should be operating before World Expo 2020 . There is another waste-to-energy plant in progress vying for the title of world’s largest planned for Shenzhen , China; Inhabitat covered its green design here . Both could be finished in 2020. New Atlas reported the Shenzhen plant is still on track to claim the prize, but if the Dubai project reaches its goals, it could snag the title, with an output around 20 MW greater than the Shenzhen plant. Via New Atlas and Government of Dubai Media Office via Gulf News Images via BESIX

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Why Stadiums Keep Pushing the Line on Sustainability

March 3, 2012 by  
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Sports teams — and their facilities — face heated competition for the title of "greenest." The latest to score points for renewable energy is the Philadelphia Eagles, whose stadium will be powered by solar and wind power.

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Chevy Volt Captures North American Car of the Year Title

January 12, 2011 by  
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The Chevy Volt’s list of major awards and accolades grew this week with the addition of the North American Car of the Year title, which was conferred by automotive journalists in a vote announced on Monday.

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The Bay Area Versus Amsterdam: Which Cycling Mecca Is Tops?

November 15, 2010 by  
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Would you rather ride here or the Dutch countryside? I’m fortunate enough to call the Bay Area home. Along with its innumerable farmers’ markets, Mission burritos, and hoppy beer, the Bay enjoys the title of the best area in the country for cycling

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Whales Forced to Shout as Oceans Get Noisier

November 15, 2010 by  
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Photo: m-louis / CC As anybody who’s ever gone to a dance club knows, it’s not easy to have quality conversation in loud places — but party-goers aren’t the only ones who have learned to cope with the clamor. According to marine biologists studying whale mating calls, an increasingly noisy ocean is forcing the animals to shout their romantic melodies — around 10 times louder t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Honda’s Next Hybrid Drivetrain May Have Lithium-Ion Batteries, Ditch IMA

November 8, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC The key word in the title above is “may”. It’s not a done deal yet, but to me it makes so much sense that I’d be surprised if Honda didn’t go that route, especially after its CEO showed enthusiasm for electric cars . This info comes from Honda’s head of R&D…

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Honda Voted the Greenest Automaker, by a Hair

October 8, 2010 by  
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For the fifth time in a row the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has bestowed upon Honda the title of Greenest Automaker .

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Exploiting Utah’s Oil Shale Deposits is Fossil Foolishness (Video)

September 1, 2010 by  
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Ahead of its upcoming report Fossil Foolishness: Utah’s Pursuit of Tar Sands and Oil Shale Western Resource Advocates has produced the above short video detailing, as you might imagine from the title, why even though it may be …

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Today on Planet 100: Tiger Cub Violates Carry-On Restrictions (Video)

September 1, 2010 by  
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Can You Really Boycott Fuel Produced From Canadian Tar Sands?

September 1, 2010 by  
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photo: Jonathan McIntosh via flickr With all the increased attention Canada’s tar sands projects have been getting–both in terms of environmental impact and distributing them through pipeline into the United States–it’s not surprising that many people are calling for a boycott on oil and fuel produced from tar sands.

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