December 1, 2019 Christina Mullin

An innovative multi purpose waste-to-energy plant

Copenhagen’s state of the art plant sets new standards for environmental performance, energy production and waste treatment. Innovative technology and architecture integrate to form a future in which waste-to-energy plants are multi- purpose.

Amager Bakke (Amager Hill) also known as Amager Slope or Copenhill,is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant in Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark. It opened in 2017, partially replacing the nearby old incineration plant in Amager, which is in the process of being converted from coal to biomass (expected finished in 2020). The two plants play a major role in Copenhagen’s ambitions of being zero carbon by 2025.

Copenhill, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, is expected to burn 400,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually and supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity and 120,000 households with district heating.

It is 279 feet tall with a sloped roof that doubles as a year-round artificial ski slope, hiking slope and climbing wall, which opened to the public in October this year.

It produces more clean water than it uses and claims to be the cleanest incineration plant in the world. A special feature of this facility will be that the chimney is intended to not emit its exhaust continuously, but instead in the form of “smoke rings” which consists of water vapor rather than actual smoke.

Copenhill is the first of its kind, a waste-to-energy power plant that lets you ski on the roof with or without snow 365 days a year.