Can you turn WASTE into FUEL?

12 November 2018

Lab Chat

Can You Turn Waste into Fuel?

Sustainable construction group Besix is planning to build a waste-to-fuel plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change & Environment has recently signed an agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to move the development forward.

With a planned location in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain, the plant will turn 1,000 tonnes of household waste into fuel for cement factories every day. This project aims to reduce the amount of household waste clogging up our environment as well as offering a sustainable fuel alternative.

Costly project

The plant is expected to cost around US$40m to build, funded by a range of organisations. Emirates RDF Company consists of UAE-based Besix, Ajman-based Tech Group Eco Single Owner and Finland-based Griffin Refineries. The build is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme.

How it works

The RDF facility will receive household waste from the Ajman and Umm Al Quwain emirates and will covert the waste of 550,000 residents into an alternative, sustainable energy source.

The energy source, known as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) will then be used in cement factories to partially replace traditional fuels, such as gas or coal. This project aims to divert around 90% of household waste from landfill, creating a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Construction is set to begin in December 2018, with the facility expected to begin operating in April 2020. This project can contribute to the UAE’s ambitious sustainability goals and can help the nation decrease its fossil fuel use.

UAE’s sustainability contribution

This new waste-to-fuel facility isn’t the first Besix project in the UAE. The first ever Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for Besix is under construction in Dubai with the aim of collecting and conveying groundwater runoff, which will be discharged into the Gulf, with a hope of reducing flooding and storm water runoff.

Similarly, in Dubai, as part of their aim for sustainable living, Besix have created and installed ‘The Green Planet’, a bio-dome filled with indoor ecosystems that replicate the natural habitat of the world’s rainforests. The aim of this nature hub, which was opened in 2016, is to increase the environmental consciousness in the area.

Making a difference

Even small steps, like using alternatives to petrol or diesel can help lower your carbon footprint, can improve the cleanliness of our planet. This new plant is yet another step for the UAE towards a greener, sustainable future.

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