State of the Art Waste to Energy Plant: ARC

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Waste to energy plant with multiple purposes

Copenhagen’s state of the art waste to energy 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 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 burning 2 x 35 tonnes of waste per hour. In addition to the technological merits, the plant’s design includes a roof-wide artificial ski slope, inspired by the ski slopes in the Alps, which will be open to the public. Understanding the importance of uniting recreational purposes along with environmental needs by having a ski slope on top of a waste to energy plant emphasises how foresighted the design and development of Copenhill / Amager Bakke is.

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

The technological effeciency of Copenhill (ARC’s Amager Bakke) waste to energy plant is – 400,000 tons of waste a year resulting 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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