Denmark: Largest power plant replaces coal with wood pellets as fuel


Dong Energy has converted the unit 1 at Denmark’s largest power station- Avedøre to use wood pellets and straw as fuel rather than coal.

The conversion, which began 18 months ago, is part of a deal signed between the Vestegnens Kraftvarmeselskab (VEKS) and Dong Energy to provide green district heating to VEKS' customers in the Greater Copenhagen area. Following the conversion of unit 1 at Avedøre Power Station, the plant can generate heat for more than 215,000 Danish households in the Greater Copenhagen area without using coal or gas The shift from coal to sustainable 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 CO2 per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 255,000 cars. Dong Energy has reduced its coal consumption by 74 percent since 2006 by using more wind and biomass, and the trend is continuing.
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