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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Qatar Environment: Waste, Solar Panels and Electricity

electricity pylon
After writing my recent post on environment in Qatar, I was impressed to see that Qatar is now planning to start producing electricity from waste.

According to an article in the Gulf Times today, a waste plant which will be opened next year will produce enough electricity (40 mega watts) both to power all the plant's needs and those of its 400 employees and their families. The electricity will be generated through the process of composting organic domestic waste, which can then be used as fertilizer. In total, the plant hopes to recycle 50% of domestic rubbish.

The story follows on from news in February that reports Qatar is considering building one of the largest solar power complexes in the world to meet soaring electricity demand, which is predicted to increase by up to four times in the next 30 years. The solar farm would have a capacity of 3,500 megawatts.

Qatar is also considering additional energy from a nuclear power plant.

Also see Qatar's Natural History by author Frances Gillespie

(Image above by Gin Able)

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