A mountain of opportunities: Copenhagen’s state of the art waste to energy plant sets new standards for environmental performance, energy production and waste treatment

Challenge

Keeping waste from landfills with proper waste management and supplying heat and electricity to Copenhagen citizens without polluting the air​.

Solution

The plant replaces a 45 year old plant with four furnace lines. Since 2017 Amager Ressourcecenter has run the 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 as a recreational area for citizens. The new filtration and other cleaning technologies ensures that air pollution is kept to a minimum on the new plant.

Results

The technological effeciency of Copenhill 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

Image: Hufton Crow

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B&W Vølund is one of the world’s leading technology suppliers for converting household waste and biomass into heat and power.

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Martin Fjordlund

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