Dubai Municipality has revealed plans for a groundbreaking “Wastenizer” project, which transports and processes waste to generate energy.
The proposal has been drawn up for the Dubai 10X Initiative which seeks to place Dubai Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors.
The system transforms the city’s solid waste into a source of energy by using artificial intelligence and without resorting to traditional means of shipping.
Dawood Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: “The project represents a significant step forward that will cement Dubai’s leading global position. The Dubai Municipality plays a key role in the project, as it is commits to organizing and managing services in order to ensure they meet the highest standards.
"We must face the challenges and strive to meet the project’s strategic goals, which seek to make Dubai the first and only city in the world to use artificial intelligence in transporting and processing waste to generate clean and sustainable energy.”
The initiative consists of developing a world-first, decentralised waste-treatment platform for buildings and residential districts in Dubai.
The decentralized units raise the temperature of the waste resulting in the breakdown of its chemical components, producing clean electrical energy that will be exported to the local electricity grid.
The project is a continuation of the Dubai Municipality’s project to convert solid waste into energy and includes building the world’s largest energy terminal in terms of production capacity and thermal conversion efficiency.
The Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan seeks to steer 100 percent of the city’s waste away from landfills by the year 2030.
As it stands, Dubai produces 3.5 million tons of waste annually, uses 7,560 square metres of land as landfills, deploys 3,850 garbage collection vehicles to all its districts at a daily operating cost of AED2.3 million.
Once implemented, the Wastenizer system will produce 17,500 tons of good ash for the production of green concrete. The pilot phase of the project has been scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018, with the system entering full implementation in several regions of the emirate just before the opening of Expo 2020.