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New Waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen provides electricity and heat and recreation area

A 41,000 m2 waste-to-energy plant, Amager Bakke, built in Copenhagen close to residential areas and recreational facilities. Rather than see the site as a problem did the architects of the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group it into an opportunity.

The plant will not only convert waste to energy and provide electricity and heat for residents of the city, it will also offer year-round skiing, hiking trails and a viewing platform and cafe at the top of the building.

The incineration of waste for energy is critical for power in Denmark. According BIG,
54 percent of municipal waste within the country is incinerated to generate energy; 42 percent is recycled and a mere 4 percent is sent to landfills.

The plant is being built because the previous plant is now more than 40 years old and the technology has advanced since then. The ski slope will lie on top of the plant.
While it may seem unusual to site a power plant so close to the center of a city, the fact that the plant incinerates postconsumer and postindustrial waste required a close location, Bergmann says. “The shorter the trucks have to actually travel to the waste incinerator, the better it is economically,” he notes.

The resort and the ski slopes are expected to be completed by 2017

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