New district heating flagship in Copenhagen
22 October 2012
Society and living
The City Council of Copenhagen has given its formal approval of the establishment of the new waste-to-energy facility Amager Bakke (Amager Hill) to be located at the harbour of Copenhagen.
Amager Bakke will be a world-class flagship facility from an environmental, energy efficiency and architectural point of view and will be a model of inspiration for other countries. Amager Bakke will replace Amagerforbrænding's existing facility, which for more than 40 years has recovered electricity and heat from waste produced in and around Copenhagen.
Setting new standards for waste-to-energy facilities
The €470 million project will be one of the largest waste-to-energy facilities in Northern Europe to be built in one step. The plant will have an electrical efficiency of around 25% and a total efficiency of a bit more than 100% (based on lower calorific value) as the plant will deliver heat to the integrated district heating system in the Copenhagen Region and be equipped with flue gas condensation. Thereby the plant and the district heating system demonstrates the basic idea of the EU Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, as the waste heat and electricity from the CHP plant can be delivered to homes all over Greater Copenhagen via the grids.