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Danish power station uses wood chips to generate green power

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Denmark-based energy firm Ørsted has announced its Asnæs Power Station was connected to the Zealand grid and generated green power for the first time on 20 November. This follows its recent conversion from coal to wood chips.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve come this far with the project,” said Henrik Boye Jørgensen, senior project manager at Ørsted and responsible for the construction of Asnæs Power Station’s unit 6. “In August, we were able to supply the first green district heating and process steam to our customers, and now we’ve connected the unit to the grid and generated green power for the Zealand grid.”

The new turbine has a capacity of 25MW power and 129MJ/s process steam and district heating. Ørsted initially announced the planned conversion of Asnæs Power Station in October 2017, to enable it to run on sustainable wood chips rather than coal. The new wood chip-fired unit 6 will supply heat together with the facility’s boiler and Kalundborg Forsyning’s large heat pump. According to Ørsted, the wood chips are sourced from sustainably managed forests.