Press release | 2010-04-21 | 10:55 AM

Vattenfall’s new CHP unit replaces coal with straw

Today, Wednesday, 21 April, Vattenfall opens a new straw-burning unit at the Fynsværket power plant in Odense, Denmark. More than three hundred thousand large bales of straw will be burnt in Fynsværket’s new large boiler every year, replacing the use of approx. 100,000 tonnes of coal, which means that the atmosphere will be spared 245,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

– This is an important step to take Vattenfall into the future. The rebuilding of the Fynsværket shows that Vattenfall has the capacity and competence to make a significant effort for a more climate-friendly electricity and heat production, says Torbjörn Wahlborg, Head of Business Gruop Nordic.

Straw, a climate-friendly fuel, will result in heating for 60,000 consumers on Funen island and electricity for approx. 35,000 households.

– The new straw-burning facility will help to make Odense a greener city, and at the same time it is one of the pieces in the larger puzzle of making Vattenfall’s production of electricity and heating CO2-neutral. The plan includes replacing a large part of coal consumption with bio energy – and here Fynsværket will play an important role, says Plant Manager Klaus Winther.

The opening of Vattenfall’s new CHP (Combined Heat and Power) facility takes place with the participation of the Mayor of Odense Anker Boye, Vattenfall’s management, suppliers, customers and the many employees who have worked so hard to bring the project to fruition.

Vattenfall has set a target for its Nordic operations to become CO2-neutral by 2030. This requires daily action here and now to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a better climate.

For further information, please contact:
Marianne Reedtz Sparrevohn, Head of Communication, Vattenfall A/S, telephone +45 27875526.
Klaus Winther, Plant Manager Vattenfall Fynsværket, telephone: + 45 65684427.

From Vattenfall’s Press Office, telephone: +46 8 739 50 10,

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