The vision to set new standards for cost-competitive renewable heat and power production became a reality today with the official opening of a revolutionary green energy facility in Denmark.
Inaugurated by the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Mr. Lars Christian Lilleholt, the 45 million EUR investment is now ready to produce both sustainable power and heat with the help of an advanced solar energy system from Danish renewable energy specialist, Aalborg CSP A/S.
Replacing natural gas with renewable energy sources is a natural step in Denmark’s green energy transition where most district heating plants typically switch to solar or biomass. However, combining several energy technologies to produce both heat and power is certainly a proof of innovative thinking which recently led to the realization of an ambitious green energy project in the town of Brønderslev.
The system is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Denmark, but also in the whole world to integrate concentrated solar power (CSP) and a biomass boiler while also using Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) to turn the energy into district heating and electricity.
Utilizing benefits of these innovative technologies enables the district heating plant (Brønderslev Forsyning) to achieve record energy efficiency, lower energy prices and a future-proof solution that is no longer dependent on fluctuating fossil fuel prices. Clean energy also means the reduction of more than 25,000 CO2 annually.
This pioneering facility was inaugurated on the 19th of March by the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Mr. Lars Christian Lilleholt, by the Danish Minister for Taxation, Mr. Karsten Lauritzen and by the Chairwoman of the Board at Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP), Mrs. Ann-Dorthea Larsen.
“We have been honoured to participate in this revolutionary project which is yet another good example of how innovative Danish technologies have the potential to boost energy transition”, said Jes Donneborg, Executive Vice President.
“The era of gas and coal power plants is slowly coming to an end. We are positive that Brønderslev Forsyning’s example is a global trendsetter for markets such as China, where Danish solutions provide a proven answers to the country’s future heat and power demands” – added Mr. Donneborg.