CopenHill: the recycling plant that generates clean energy

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Inspenet, November 19, 2023.

CopenHill, a unique waste-to-clean energy facility, has been operational for five years in Copenhagen, Denmark. This partly replaces the old Amager incineration plant, which is in the process of transitioning from coal to biomass.

In addition to its main function, the plant houses a ski and snowboard slope with artificial grass, a climbing wall, a climbing route, a cafeteria and even an après-ski space. However, its features do not stop there.

Clean energy generation does not stop

CopenHill, which has an innovative and surprising design, is a waste-to-clean energy plant with an area of ​​41,000 m2 which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, annually providing electricity to 30,000 homes and central heating for 72,000 buildings in the city of Copenhagen.

Around 23% of the waste incinerated at Copenhill comes from households in the five boroughs it serves, while the remainder is commercial and industrial waste. In 2022 alone, the plant transformed 599,000 tons of waste into heat and electricity, according to official data from the facility.

Its peculiar microclimate “restores a biodiverse landscape while absorbing heat, eliminating air particles and reducing the accumulation of rainwater on the surface,” according to those in charge.

Below the slopes, furnaces, steam and turbines convert tons of waste into clean energy, supplying electricity and district heating to hundreds of thousands of homes using cutting-edge technology. The necessary equipment occupies ten floors of administrative space, including a 600 m² educational center for academic visits, workshops and conferences on sustainability.

The cost of spending the day at the peculiar plant is around 200 Danish crowns (approximately 27 euros).

CopenHill “is a clear example of sustainability, since a sustainable city is not only better for the environment, but it is also more pleasant for the lives of its citizens ,” says Ingels.

Given the constant hustle and bustle that characterizes this building throughout the year, it can be seen that it has successfully achieved its objective. Additionally, CopenHill aims to be a key enabler for Copenhagen to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming a carbon-free city by 2025.

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