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Vattenfall inaugurates Europe’s largest water boiler for heat storage in Berlin

In Germany, energy utility major Vattenfall has connected Europe’s largest Power-to-Heat facility to the district heating grid at its Reuter West power plant in Berlin. The purpose of the 120 MWth Power-to-Heat unit is to produce and store heat from excess electricity, generated by renewable energy sources.

Vattenfall has inaugurated Europe’s largest Power-to-Heat (PtH) facility to Berlin’s district heating grid at its Reuter West power plant. The 120 MWth unit produces and stores heat from excess electricity, generated by renewable energy sources. Tanja Wielgoß (left), Head of Vattenfall Wärme Berlin. and State Secretary Stefan Tidow (photo courtesy Vattenfall).

According to a statement, Vattenfall has invested almost 100 MEUR at the site. Both, in the new Power-to-Heat asset, as well as in gas-fired heat-only boilers in Berlin’s Spandau district.

Thereby, the coal-fired Reuter C plant can be decommissioned later this year which is in line with the climate protection agreement with the City of Berlin and one of the proposals in the Carbon Exit and Sustainable District Heating Supply Berlin 2030 feasibility study presented on September 16, 2019.

The new Power-to-Heat (PtH) plant in Berlin is the largest to date in Europe. The installed capacity of 120 MWth equals about 60 000 household water boilers.

The Power-to-Heat plant is another important milestone of our coal exit in Berlin latest 2030 and a concrete step to enable a fossil-free living within one generation also in the capital of Germany, said Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Business Area Heat at Vattenfall.

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