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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