Urban Ski Slope Copenhill Doubles As A Super Green ‘Waste To Energy’ Power Plant In Copenhagen

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This could be the power plant of the future Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group
This could be the power plant of the future Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group

One of the longest artificial ski slopes in the world will open on the roof of a state-of-the-art green power plant in Copenhagen, Denmark, next year. CopenHILL, the year-round ski run was built into the design of the Amager Bakke waste-to-power incinerator plant so that it could be a public attraction as well as an integral part of the city’s plan to make Copenhagen the first zero-carbon city by 2025.

A rendering of the world’s cleanest power plant, currently being constructed in Copenhagen, complete
A rendering of the world’s cleanest power plant, currently being constructed in Copenhagen.

There will be a 440 metre slope from the roof of the plant with three skiing lines of varying difficulty. In addition to beginner and intermediate runs there will be a 180 metre black run with a slope angle of 45 degrees at its steepest. The artificial ski hill offers 300+ ft. of vertical,  accessed by moving carpet ski lifts, and an elevator inside the plant takes skiers and snowboarders to the very top.

The plant itself is expected to burn 400,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to power 160,000 homes, as well as communal heating plants, with pure water the waste product. Construction work began in 2013 and the facility will come on line on December 1st, while the ski slope is set to open next year.

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Urban skiing on Copenhill credit; Amager Bakke

This is how efficient the technology of the Copenhill plant is:
400,000 tons of waste a year result in: 

♦  99% energy efficiency.
♦  District heating for 160,000 households.
♦  Electricity for 62,500 households.
♦  100 million litres of spare water recovered through flue gas condensation.
♦  90% reuse of metals from waste amounting to 10,000 tons of metal a year.
♦  100,000 tons of bottom ash reused as road material which saves large amounts of gravel,

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Copenhill-synergy

The slope concept comes from Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which has made a name for itself with revolutionary architectural concepts around the world. BIG is working with Thomas Heatherwick – noted designer of the 2012 Olympic cauldron.

year-round ski run was built into the design of the Amager Bakke waste-to-power incinerator plant
year-round ski run was built into the design of the Amager Bakke waste-to-power incinerator plant

CopenHILL replaces a 45-year-old plant and will soon be the premier showcase for Danish innovative technology.

”The plant stands out in terms of environmental considerations, energy production, and its working environment. It is also located near the airport and just five kilometers from Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square, so we’re not just talking about an industrial installation, but a landmark of the Danish capital, as well.”-Lars Juel Rasmussen, at Amager Resource Center 

The Amager Bakke power plant will have a year-round ski slope
The Amager Bakke power plant will have a year-round ski slope

Altogether the CopenHIIL waste to energy plant will:

♦  Treat around 400,000 tons 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.

”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 and Marketing at Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

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credit; Amager Bakke

 

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