Vattenfall reduces carbon dioxide emissions with new CHP plant in Berlin

Source: press release, 5 December 2019

Lichterfelde combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant in Berlin, Germany
Lichterfelde combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant in Berlin, Germany (photo: Vattenfall)

Vattenfall has inaugurated a new, efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the company’s Lichterfelde generation facility in south-west Berlin. The new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant replaces an older gas-fired power plant in the same location and will cut down on carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes annually.

“Vattenfall has invested more than five billion Swedish kronor in the Lichterfelde facility. The new power plant provides southern Berlin with heat and electricity and is yet another effort in the climate agreement made with the State of Berlin to halve 1990’s carbon dioxide emission levels by 2020,” says Tanja Wielgoβ, Head of Vattenfall Heat in Berlin.

The new Lichterfelde power plant generates 230 megawatts of heat and 300 megawatts of electricity with the help of highly efficient gas and steam turbines that maximise the use of fuel and minimise the impact on the environment.

“We were only just starting out when we succeeded in reaching the climate agreement targets we set with the City of Berlin as early as a couple of years ago. We are now furthering our efforts to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and to fully phase out hard coal by 2030. Compared to hard coal, natural gas substantially reduces our carbon footprint and can eventually be replaced by renewably generated gas such as hydrogen gas,” says Tanja Wielgoβ.

Next year, Vattenfall plans to start up yet another gas-driven Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Berlin, Marzahn to provide the eastern parts of the city with district heating and electricity.