CopenHill Park in Copenhagen - skiing and climbing on a waste incineration plant

CopenHill – Skiing on a power plant

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Published on 26.01.2020

Inside CopenHill, the clean energy power plant that’s also a ski slope

In Copenhagen, Denmark lies Amager Bakke, a unique power plant. Not only is it the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy facility, it’s also home to a man-made mountain called CopenHill.




Where will you find the best views of Copenhagen? On CopenHill with its own ski slope, the world’s tallest climbing wall and challenging hiking trails up the building.


Opened in October 2019, the building was designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (aka BIG) with the aim of creating a building that can “contribute positively to the city, become part of the city, and even to be a landmark of the capital”.

The plant serves 680,000 people and takes waste from up to 300 trucks each day. Its steam turbine produces 63 MWh of energy, while its heat exchangers are used in a district heating system.





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Who are we? How do we live today? And how will the urbanisation change our lives? How the future will unfold is preoccupying society more than ever, with engineers, doctors, politicians – each one of us, in fact – seeking answers. This video on the Danish power plant CopenHill is one of many contributions that shed light on the theme “climate change” from a new, inspiring perspective. We are publishing them here as part of our series “Insights”.

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