Vattenfall to build power-to-heat plant in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 5 Jun 2017 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Swedish power utility Vattenfall is set to invest about €100m to construct a new power-to-heat asset and in gas-fired heat-only boilers in Berlin, Germany.

Once operational, the hard-coal-fired Unit C of power plant Reuter can be taken off the grid as planned. The power-to-heat asset will have a total capacity of 120MWth.

The new-built project features the power-to-heat boilers, which use electricity to generate district heating, also heat-only boilers fired by natural gas.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to commence in autumn 2017 with commissioning planned for 2019.

Tuomo Hatakka, responsible for business area heat at Vattenfall, said: “In February this year we took the final investment decision on the construction of the new combined heat and power plant in Berlin-Marzahn.

“With our second big investment decision this year for the district heating business, we confirm once more our commitment to our Berlin base and support the local government in their ambition to reach climate neutrality for Berlin by 2050.”

Gunther Müller, spokesperson of the board of Vattenfall Wärme in Berlin, added: “Our district heating is an important player in Berlin’s energy transition.

“The power-to-heat asset in Spandau will not only optimise the dispatch of the CHP plant Reuter West, but also enable the use of electricity from renewable energy sources to generate climate-friendly district heating in the future.”

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