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Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and the UAE's Center for Waste Management (CWM) have signed an agreement to study and develop a waste-to-energy demonstration facility on Abu Dhabi’s Dalma Island
The facility is expected to produce one to two megawatts of alternative energy, which would be enough to supply power to more than 200 households.
Waste from Dalma Island, located 32km offshore Abu Dhabi’s western region, was currently being dumped in city landfills.
Salem Al Kaabi, deputy manager of CWM, said, “Working on advanced solutions for waste management is a valuable part of the job we have in ensuring Abu Dhabi becomes recognised for its integrated waste management system.”
Saif Al Sayari, head of TAQA’s Energy Solutions division, said, “We consider this demonstration plant a practical first step to capture lessons learned during construction and operation phases and benefit our announced large scale project to convert 2.83mn cubic metres of municipal waste per year into 100MW of alternative power.”
TAQA and CWM teams have started conceptual studies for different waste-to-energy technical schemes to ascertain the best form of energy recovery from the island’s waste, which includes household and organic wastes.
The demonstration facility, a first in the UAE, is expected to begin operations in 2016/17.