Behind the scenes at Denmark's biggest power station

29.09.2015 14:30

Avedøre Power Station turns 25 this year, and to mark the event the facility will be granting access to its innermost workings.



The power station is generally a restricted area, open only to staff in full protective gear. However, to mark the 25th anniversary of Avedøre Power Station, DONG Energy has chosen to throw open the doors and invite the public inside.


Niels Christian Kjær, Power Station Manager at Avedøre, said: "We want to give everyone an idea of where the heat and power they use come from, and that is why we’re opening our doors to a day packed with interesting events for the entire family." Avedøre Power Station generates power for more than a million households and delivers district heating to around 215,000 homes.


If you choose to make Avedøre Power Station the destination for a family outing on Saturday, 3 October, you can be sure of a unique opportunity to visit areas of the plant that are generally off limits.


Kjær continued: "We’ll be organising guided tours, taking our visitors to areas including our control room, which is manned 24/7, past a giant turbine and generator, and down to the boiler house with its huge, 70-metre-high furnace, whose interior temperature can reach as high as 1,500°C."


Entertainment for children

In addition to a fascinating tour of the power station itself, all kinds of entertainment will be arranged for children and adults alike – with energy serving as the theme for the entire day. 'Store Nørd' from the popular Danish TV channel Ramasjang will be demonstrating natural science topics in their usual down-to-earth style, while students from the Technical University of Denmark will be putting on a number of exciting chemistry shows during the day.


Moreover, pupils from schools in Hvidovre and Slagelse will be presenting their ideas for the power plants of the future. There will also be a play area for children, and Avedøre Power Station will be serving drinks and light refreshments.


Kjær concluded: "I hope that a great many people will take this opportunity to visit us and explore the world of energy."


The open day at Avedøre Power Station will be held on Saturday, 3 October, from 10:00 until 16:00.

Admission is free, and it is not necessary to register in advance.