Copenhagen opens ski slope for waste-to-energy power plant

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Copenhill, which took six years to build, also includes a huge green space, playground and climbing wall.

Copenhagen has just opened a new waste-to-energy power station which includes a ski slope. Copenhagen, which took six years to build, also includes a huge green space, a playground and a climbing wall.

The Danish capital, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2030, built a green mountain, also known as Amager Bakke, which will convert waste into electricity for the city. It also provides hot water to neighboring homes in the form of radiant heat, providing electricity to nearly 98% of the city’s homes in five municipalities.

The factory, which was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and design company SLA, will provide a versatile attraction for locals and visitors alike. With the highest vertical drop in Denmark, the highest climbing wall in the world and a huge green space that will be home to countless birds, bees, trees and plants, the space is a marvel of modern design and sustainability.

Considering that waste treatment plants are often massive monstrosities, the Bjarke Ingels group, which recently unveiled the Norwegian The Twist and the French MÉCA, chose to improve the concept of waste management with a space that blends into its environment and provides other services beyond energy production.

“The aim is to ensure that [the park] will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensual urban nature that gives value to all residents of Copenhagen throughout the year “, says Rasmus Astrup, partner of the design firm SLA, which collaborated on the project.

As the factory silently generates electrical power, visitors can enjoy trails through the lush 170,000 square foot park and climb the tallest man-made rock face in the world. The slope, which rises to 246 feet, has become Denmark’s highest vertical drop. Its little synthetic bristles provide the right amount of friction and glide to look like snow, making it a next-gen skiing experience.

“[The facility] is a green bomb, ”says Astrup. “The nature of the roof is designed to attract and house a wide selection of birds, bees, butterflies and insects, which in itself will mean a dramatic increase in the biodiversity of the region.

The $ 635 million project, fully funded by the City of Copenhagen, is one of many sustainable initiatives. Organic food accounts for 24% of total food sales in Copenhagen, which is the highest in Denmark. In addition, 88% of food consumption in public institutions in the city of Copenhagen, such as day care centers, retirement homes and schools, is organic. The city is also famous for bicycles, which locals ride in the sun, rain or snow. Even the greatest politicians are known to cycle to Parliament every day.

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In 2014, Copenhagen was chosen as the Green Capital of Europe due to the clean waters of the city’s harbor baths, sustainable hotels, organic restaurants and the availability of electric city bikes.


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