Case Study: Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

In year 2017, Copenhageners and visitors witnessed a waste-to-energy plant that is said to not only be 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.

Copenhagen’s state of the art plant sets new standards for environmental performance, energy production and waste treatment. Innovative technology and architecture integrate to form a future in which waste-to-energy plants are welcomed in any backyard.

By 2017 Amager Ressourcecenter will run a plant that burns 2 x 35 tonnes of waste per hour.  Altogether the plant will:

  • Treat around 400,000 tonnes of waste annually produced by 500,000 – 700,000 inhabitants and at least 46,000 companies.
  • Supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity and 120,000 households with district heating.
  • Have steam data at 440 degrees and 70 bars which doubles the electrical efficiency compared to the former plant.

In addition to the technological merits, the plant´s architecture includes a roof-wide artificial ski slope open to the public.

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