Avedøre Power Station converts to biomass

By Erin Voegele | January 13, 2017

Denmark’s largest power station has completed its conversion from coal to biomass. In December, DONG Energy announced its Avedøre Power Station combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas.

The conversion—part of a heat agreement between the Danish energy companies Vestegnens Kraftvarmeselskab (VEKS) and DONG Energy—aims to provide green district heating to VEKS’ customers in the Greater Copenhagen area. The change from coal to wood pellets also contributes significantly to the city’s climate targets. Avedøre Power Station expects to reduce its CO2 emissions by about 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 255,000 cars.

According to DONG Energy, the facility is expected to produce biomass-fueled district heating to approximately 215,000 Danish homes in Copenhagen along with enough electricity to power 600,000 Danish households annually.