Waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope on the roof

Waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope on the roof


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. And yes, the plant will have a ski slope on the roof designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.

Facts about Amager Bakke:

  • The plant replaces a 45-year-old plant with four furnace lines. By 2017 Amager Ressourcecenter will run a plant that burns 2 x 35 tonnes of waste per hour.
  • 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.
  • The plant utilizes more than 100% of the fuel’s energy content.
  • Has a 28% electrical efficiency rate.
  • Reduces sulphur emissions by 99.5%.
  • Minimizes NOx emissions to a tenth, compared to the former plant. A reduction that is enabled due to a flue gas cleaning technology, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). This is the first installation of SCR in a Danish waste-to-energy plant. Hence, ski enthusiasts need not to worry about the air quality at the slope on the operating plant.
  • Recent tests at the ARC DynaGrate® demonstrated a burnout rate at 99% which places the grate as one of the best grates in the world.
  • In addition to the technological merits, the plant´s architecture includes a roof-wide artificial ski slope open to the public. It is expected to be finished by September 2018.

Taking technology further

”It is a multi-purpose plant that is already catching the eyes of the world because of its local appeal. The plant provides energy and waste treatment, and will be an architectural landmark and a leisure facility. The novelty of the project is the combination of ingenious technology and innovative architecture in a project dedicated local community,” says Ole Hedegaard Madsen, Director of Technology at Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

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