Following more than three years' intensive work on the conversion Ørsted’s Asnæs Power Station was inaugurated by HRH The Crown Prince on August 21. The power station can now supply heat and power without using fossil fuels, instead using sustainable wood chips.
HRH Crown Prince of Denmark and Executive Vice President Morten Buchgreitz, Ørsted
"The Crown Prince's visit marks the completion of an extensive conversion process. Asnæs Power Station has been given a new and greener life, which will benefit Kalundborg residents and businesses and contribute to Denmark's green transformation," says Morten Buchgreitz, executive vice president and CEO of Markets & Bioenergy at Ørsted.
A joint agreement in 2017 ensured that Asnæs Power Station can now supply green energy to Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, and district heating customers in Kalundborg.
"I'm very pleased that we've now commissioned Asnæs Power Station's new wood chip-fired unit. The future belongs to sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass. Therefore, we'll be phasing out coal at all our power stations by 2023, and the decision about Asnæs Power Station, which was made together with our customers, is an important step on the way," says Buchgreitz.
The 20-year steam and district heating contract involved the construction of a new wood chip-fired plant, which is connected to the power station's existing installations and systems. This will enable Asnæs Power Station to supply steam, district heating, and power produced using sustainable wood chips. Consequently, Kalundborg is retaining the advantages of the symbiosis between power station production, steam supply, and district heating.
"To Kalundborg Forsyning, it's important that we contribute to the development of Kalundborg as a sustainable and green industrial municipality," says Hans-Martin Friis Møller, CEO of Kalundborg Forsyning.
The conversion from coal to wood chips at Asnæs Power Station will result in an annual reduction in carbon emissions of around 800,000 tons. This corresponds to the annual carbon emissions from more than 400,000 cars and thus contributes significantly to Denmark's green conversion.
The conversion also marks a significant change in Novo Nordisk's largest production unit in Kalundborg.
"Today's inauguration marks an important milestone for Novo Nordisk, as we now only have sustainable energy sources at our production facility in Kalundborg. This applies to both power, heat, and steam. Novo Nordisk has set a target of zero carbon emissions from our global operations and transportation by 2030 at the latest. The conversion of Asnæs Power Station where coal is substituted with sustainable biomass will contribute to this goal," says Henrik Wulff, executive vice president of Product Supply, Quality & IT at Novo Nordisk.
"It's a great day for Kalundborg and for Denmark as a whole. With one joint project, we've decommissioned a large coal-fired power station, phased out fossil fuels, and established a power station fuelled by biomass instead,” he added.
The wood chips for Asnæs Power Station will primarily come from by-products, such as branches, twigs, and thinning wood, and all suppliers must ensure that the wood chips come from sustainable forestry where the forests are replanted, and biodiversity is protected.