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Denmark inaugurates wood-fuelled district energy station

October 27, 2017
By DONG Energy

Oct. 27, 2017 - Following more than three years' intensive work on converting the Skaerbaek Power Station in Denmark, it was ready to be inaugurated by HRH The Crown Princess on Wednesday. The power station is now able to supply electricity and heating without using fossil fuels.

Skaerbaek Power Station can now supply green district heating to Denmark's Triangle Region. Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess officially inaugurated the converted power station.

“With the participation of The Crown Princess, we’ve now marked the completion of an extensive conversion. Skaerbaek Power Station has been given a new and greener life, which will benefit residents in the Danish Triangle Region and contribute to Denmark’s green transformation,” says our Executive Vice President and CEO of Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Thomas Dalsgaard.

Green transformation
Skaerbaek Power Station has undergone a conversion from black to green energy. Built in 1951, the power station was to use coal as fuel. In 1997, it was converted to gas, and it’s now been converted to using wood waste from sustainable forestry.

“By switching to sustainable wood chips, we’re reducing Skaerbaek Power Station’s annual carbon emissions by about 250,000 tonnes. This is equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from more than 125,000 cars,” says Thomas Dalsgaard.

We are converting our central power stations to using biomass as fuel instead of coal and gas. By 2023, we’ve decided to entirely stop using coal at our power stations, and the conversion of Skaerbaek Power Station will also significantly reduce our gas consumption. This will contribute to our goal of reducing carbon emissions from our heat and electricity generation by 96 per cent in 2023 compared to 2006.

Skaerbaek Power Station produces enough district heating to cover the annual consumption of approximately 60,000 Danish households in the Triangle Region and supplies green power to the Danish power grid.

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