“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 organising 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,” said Dawood Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Hajiri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.
The initiative consists of developing a world-first, decentralised waste-treatment platform for buildings and residential districts in Dubai. The system uses technology developed by Dubai Municipality to treat all types of solid waste after sorting them using artificial intelligence (AI) and smart technologies. The decentralised 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 initiative 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. This, in turn, contributes to the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan, which seeks to steer 100 percent of the city’s waste away from landfills by the year 2030, , according to the report. The project includes the analysis of statistics pertaining to waste and the high costs of collection and treatment, in addition to the environmental disadvantages of harmful emissions from Dubai’s landfills. It is said to help increase the civic body’s efficiency by reducing operational costs, eliminating the environmental footprint of buried waste, and preventing loss of land to landfills.
Once implemented, the Wastenizer system is expected to produce 17,500 tons of good ash for the production of green concrete. The municipality is working in partnership with local and international companies specialising in artificial intelligence, infrastructure, waste-to-energy, transportation, as well as major real estate and property developers, in order to execute the ambitious project. 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, as per the report.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai has approved 26 projects out of a total of over 160 ideas submitted by various entities.