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Waste-to-energy plant Copenhill / Amager Bakke, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Waste-to-energy plant with multiple purposes
Copenhagen’s state-of-the art plant sets new standards for environmental performance, energy production and waste treatment. In 2019, Copenhageners and visitors will witness a waste-to-energy plant that is not only one of the best performing European plants in terms of energy efficiency, waste treatment capacity, and environmental consideration, but also in terms of visual rendition and local acceptance.

The plant
The plant, Copenhill / Amager Bakke, is being constructed by Amager Ressourcecenter (ARC), owned by five Danish municipalities. Copenhill / Amager Bakke will be equipped with two furnace lines and a joint turbine- and generator system. The plant replaces a 45-year-old plant with four furnace lines. By 2017 Amager Ressourcecenter will run a plant that burns 2 x 35 tonnes of waste per hour. In addition to the technological merits, the plant’s architecture includes a roof-wide artificial ski slope inspired by the ski slopes in the Alps, which will be open to the public.

Babcock and Wilcox Vølund will be supplying the entire combustion system from crane through feeding, DynaGrate® and boiler, to ash handling, as well as a particle and NOx-reduction system.

Superb efficiency and recovery of material resources
This is how efficient the technology of the Copenhill (ARC’s Amager Bakke) plant is – 400,000 tons of waste a year result in:

  • 99% energy efficiency.
  • District heating for 160,000 households.
  • Electricity for 62,500 households.
  • 100 million liters of spare water recovered through flue gas condensation.
  • 90% reuse of metals from waste amounting to 10,000 tonnes of metal a year.
  • 100,000 tonnes of bottom ash reused as road material which saves large amounts of gravel.

Video: Copenhagen’s waste-fired power plant and ski slope under construction

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