Our heat and power generating plants play an important role in supplying the Danish district heating and electricity grids with great flexibility and at a competitive price.
In the past, they ran on various fossil fuels, including large amounts of coal. Today, they’ve been almost entirely converted to operate without coal, with sustainable biomass providing the main low-carbon alternative to the heavily polluting fossil fuel.
Today, we operate our seven large-scale CHP plants, one heat plant, and one peak load power plant as efficiently as possible, minimising environmental impacts. While these plants continue to play an important role in our low-carbon energy business, building new ones is not part of our strategy for the future.
How do combined heat and power plants work?
Heat and power plants burn fuel to create high-pressure steam to turn turbines that drive electricity generation. The remaining heat in the steam is then used to heat water for district heating.
Generating heat and power in combination means that more of the fuel’s energy content is released – up to 89 % at the high-tech Avedøre CPH near Copenhagen. This efficiency makes our power stations more cost-effective by using less fuel to generate the same amount of energy.