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Copenhill - Ski slope in Copenhagen

ARC’s vision is to help make a difference in achieving a better environment and climate for future generations. On the roof slope, the city’s residents, Copenhageners and tourists will have the opportunity to engage in alpine sports activities, or simply enjoy a spectacular view of Copenhagen.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Part of the city

ARC receives and recovers energy from waste from about 550,000 inhabitants and 45,000 companies. We manage the resources in waste in order to return electricity, heating and recyclable materials to the citizens

It is ARC’s goal to do our part bit for a clean and attractive city – and to protect the climate and environment. At Copenhill we will be able to utilize the available energy of the waste better, which means more energy produced without increasing the volume of waste incinerated.

Unique location

Our present plant in the center of Copenhagen has incinerated waste since 1970. The plant is old and expensive to maintain and causes problems with compliance of environmental requirements. The location is unique therefore Copenhill is build next to the existing plant and will contribute to short waste transportation as well as good distribution opportunities for electricity and district heating to the citizens.

Part of the solutions

More and more young city-dwellers stay in the city, rather than moving to the suburbs when they start a family. That calls for innovative redesign of the modern cityscape. Copenhill represents a visionary approach to urbanization of the future. It integrates a recreational, urban space with an energy-efficient cogeneration plant.

ARC is continually working towards improving our service and energy production to meet future requirements for waste treatment and resource recovery. We are proactively seeking to provide solutions to the global challenges ahead; scarcity of resources and scarcity of space in the modern metropolis.

With Copenhill new technologies enables us to utilize more energy from the same amount of waste incinerated. Furthermore, the improved bunker capacity allows for more flexibility regarding energy production.

Copenhill represents a visionary approach to urbanization of the future by integration of technology, design and the city. We hope to inspire other cities facing the same challenges as Copenhagen.

An active architecture for the citizens The surface will be covered in a mixture of vegetation and different pavements materials for physical activity, and ARC create the roof top for a recreational urban space for alpine sports activities, or simply to enjoy a picnic and the spectacular view of Copenhagen.

Our success criterion is that the new urban greenspace becomes a dynamic city amenity in which sports associations, non-profit organizations and citizens meet, and where a range of recreational amenities encourage an active lifestyle in the heart of the city.

Copenhill is set to upon in fall 2018.

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About ARC
  • ARC is owned by the municipalities of Dragør, Frederiksberg, Hvidovre, Tårnby and the City of Copenhagen. As an intermunicipal utility company ARC is managed according to a self-sustaining principle. 
  • Production ARC’s current energy-recovery plant receives waste from about 590.000 inhabitants and 46.000 companies and supplies electricity and district heating to around 150.000 households.
  • Employees Around 200 employees work at ARC’s energy-recovery plant and our 15 recycling centres. ARC take pride in its leading performance in Denmark, in occupational health and safety. 

Copenhill in figures

  • The building has a lenght of 200 m. and a height of 85 m.
  • The surface area of the roof is approx. 17.000 m2 primarily reserved for recreational purposes.
  • The capacity of the waste bunker is 37.000 m3 which is an increase of 12.520 m3 compared to the bunker in the existing plant.
  • The two furnaces have a combined capacity of 70 ton per hour.
  • A turbine harness energy from steam at a temperature of 440°C and a pressure of 70 bar
  • The turbine/generator has a power output of 60 MW. By comparison the old plant has an output of 28,5 MW.
  • The capacity on production of district heating is 240 MW (provided that electricity production is shut down)
  • Building commenced in march 2013
  • In the summer of 2017 the plant is ready for operation.
  • In 2018 the old existing plant will be shut down and taken apart for recycling.
  • Waste to energy consulting: Bascon A/S, MOE A/S and Rambøll Energi.
  • Construction: NCC, GEO Copenhagen, Tvilum Landinspektørfirma A/S
  • Suppliers: Furnaces: Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, Turbine: Siemens Denmark A/S, Flue gas cleaning system: LAB France and CMS (control monitering system): Siemens Denmark A/S
  • Price: 500 mio. Euro.
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