Waste to Energy Project

A project that aims to convert waste to energy in the city of Slemani in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Currently, the city’s sewage disposal system is composed of a network of pipes and collection boxes that transport municipal waste to its final disposal point, the Tanjaro River. This system creates obvious environmental and public health concerns.

The proposed solution is a WWTP that includes a biogas reactor. The biogas that is produced from the decomposition/fermentation of the waste will be harnessed to produce electricity for the city. In order to improve the current system, and to address the city’s broader waste management, the residential sewage will be combined with industry food waste to maximize biogas potential and the amount of energy that is produced. This project addresses (1) the environmental contamination and public health issues that are the result of the current system and (2) energy insecurity that is prevalent in the region.