Massive Danish solar thermal plant to be doubled in size  

2010.04.08
In May this year, work will get under way to double the size of the solar thermal array at Marstal district heating plant
The Danish island of Ærø is just 30 km long and 8 km wide – what most people would call small. But at the eastern end of the island, in the township of Marstal, there's a solar thermal plant that is anything but small. In fact it's said to be the largest installation of its kind in the world, and as business newspaper Erhvervsbladet reports, it's soon going to get even bigger.
 
In May this year, work will get under way to double the size of the solar thermal array at Marstal district heating plant. In addition, a new biomass plant using wood chips will be constructed to feed a 75,000 cubic metre hot water reservoir with associated heat pumps.
 
The Marstal district heating plant was among 49 applicants recently vying to be selected by the EU as one of 11 flagship facilities to serve as a model for the rest of Europe. The EU was suitably impressed, Marstal got the selection, and along with it a EUR 6.2m contribution to the EUR 9m expansion project.
 
When the plant extension work is completed, the Marstal facility will cover 55% of the energy needs of Ærø's 7,000 inhabitants.
 

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