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World's largest energy from waste plant unveiled

Plans for the largest energy-from-waste plant in the world have been unveiled by the authorities in China. 

Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, the new EfW plant will process 5,000 tonnes of waste per day – one-third of the waste generated by the city’s 20 million inhabitants.

The team of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects won an international competition to design the facility.

The entire plant, including auxiliary buildings is in one circular building which the designers say minimised the footprint and reduces the excavation required on the site.

Public visitors reach the plant through a landscaped park, via an entrance bridge that rises between the stacks to an entrance lobby and visitor centre overlooking the plant machinery.

An internal circular path and walkway circles the plant explaining each process, before leading up to a 1.5km panoramic public walkway on the roof overlooking the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.

The roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000m2 of photovoltaic panels to power the site.

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