Tadweer opens solar plant at Al Dhafra C&D waste recycling facility
The newly-opened Phase 2 will increase the plant's existing capacity from 350kWh to 600kWh with 1,656 solar cells
Work has been completed on Phase 2 of the solar power plant project at the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre’s (Tadweer) construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling facility in the emirate’s Al Dhafra region, with the project now being open.
The completion and opening of the latest phase has significantly enhanced the C&D waste recycling facility’s solar energy utilisation by increasing its capacity to 600kWh from 350kWh.
The increased capacity with Phase 2 will raise the facility’s operational efficiency and help lower its carbon footprint by avoiding more than 1,300 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to planting 4,133 trees, and saving 480,000 litres of diesel in a month.
In order to raise the efficiency of the power plant, Tadweer installed 1,656 solar cells at an area covering 11,000m2, with a capacity to produce a total of 600KW energy.
This, according to Tadweer, is equivalent to generating 878,000KW energy from diesel, resulting is the saving of an annual diesel consumption of up to 480,000 litres.
Al Dhafra C&D Waste Recycling Facility, is touted to be first in the world to be 90% solar-powered, in accordance with the nation’s plans to mitigate climate change as per the UAE Green Agenda Programs (2015-2030) and the National Climate Change Plan of the UAE (2017–2050).
Speaking about the project, HE Dr Salem Al Kaabi, director general of Tadweer, said: “Since its inception, Tadweer has put in place effective operational plans for various sectors of integrated waste management to ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable environment in Abu Dhabi to support the leadership's vision of promoting sustainable development.”
“In adopting clean energy, Tadweer’s C&D Waste Recycling Plant has become a vital facility in consolidating the UAE’s environmental credentials at the regional and international levels, while leveraging the advantages of solar energy to protect the Emirate’s environment.”
Al Kaabi added: “Tadweer will continue to adopt innovative solutions to minimize the adverse effects of its operations on both climate and the environment.”
Tadweer’s Al Dhafra C&D Waste Recycling Facility opened in Ghayathi in 2008. The facility is a result of Abu Dhabi Government’s plan to divert 75% of waste from landfills; and use C&D waste in the construction of vital projects across the country.