ABU DHABI // More than 200 households on Delma Island could soon be powered by burning waste.
Rather than send its refuse to landfills on the mainland, the island will use a new incinerator plant to convert heat from burning rubbish into usable energy.
The scheme, a joint effort by the Centre for Waste Management (CWM) and the energy company Taqa, will serve as a pilot for a larger facility planned for mainland Abu Dhabi, which could power 20,000 households by 2017.
The Delma Island plant will have a capacity of between one and two megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the needs of more than 200 households, state news agency Wam reported.
“Working with Taqa helps us develop new ideas and technologies in the energy space from which we can all benefit,” said Dr Salem Al Kaabi, deputy manager of CWM.
While incinerators reduce reliance on landfills, older facilities have been significant sources of air pollution. Modern incinerators, or waste-to-energy plants, are equipped with filters that prevent pollutants from escaping into the atmosphere.
“We consider this demonstration plant a practical first step to capture lessons learnt during construction and operation phases, and benefit our announced large-scale project to convert a million tonnes of municipal solid waste per year into 100MW [megawatts] of alternative power,” said Dr Saif Al Sayari, head of Taqa’s energy solutions division.