New energy for Hamburg's bacon belt

Get on the A1 northbound and drive 8 minutes from the intersection Hamburg Ost to exit 29, and you're there. Because of its location just outside the Hanseatic city, the village of Stapelfeld with roughly 1,800 inhabitants was the ideal location for our new combined heat and power plant. In combination with the waste incineration plant there, the combined heat and power plant Stapelfeld is another important component of the modern district heating network east of Hamburg. The CHP plant is also integrated in the Virtual Power Plant of HanseWerk Natur, in which 70 CHPs and various boilers have already been integrated and can be operated in a power-meter-oriented manner.

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A powerful CHP plant in a large network


The large combined heat and power plant with a capacity of 10 megawatts complements the heat supplied by the neighboring waste incineration plant during peak load times in winter and takes over during downtimes. In addition, it is connected with the other CHPs in a virtual power plant. This ensures that it can be quickly powered up or down when electricity is in high demand or when there is a surplus of electricity in the grid. And another advantage: Our central, smart control technology not only allows clear monitoring, but also flexible, fully automated control of all systems in the network, including cost-saving fault management - without a staffed control center. In addition, the combined heat and power plant Stapelfeld was awarded the “Umweltpreis der Wirtschaft (Environmental Prize of Economy)" by the Studien-und Fördergesellschaft of Schleswig-Holstein. 

Sustainable supply of 27,500 households

Of course, in addition to energy and economic aspects, ecological aspects also played a role in the construction of the CHP plant. The large, gas-fired combined heat and power plant in Stapelfeld produces 80 million kilowatt hours of heat and more than 76 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. About 27,500 households (mainly in the eastern part of Hamburg) benefit from this sustainable production of electricity and heat. The installation of the cogeneration plant in Stapelfeld offers the possibility of further grid connections in order to provide customers with a very good primary energy factor. This demonstrates how generation and the need for electricity and heat are intelligently and sustainably linked - for the benefit of the environment. In fact, the plant can save 60% of CO2 emissions which is more than 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. So from Hamburg, the A1 leads not only north, but thanks to combined heat and power, towards energy transition.


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