Up in northern Jutland, there is a municipality called Thisted, which is well-known for its green energy enthusiasm and get-on-with-it attitude. Already today, the area gets almost all the energy it needs from renewable resources. Thisted municipality also happens to be the same size as an average US air force base, and it is this combination of facts that brought a US delegation from the Pentagon on a look-see visit, accompanied by the US Ambassador to Denmark, Laurie Fulton, and the Danish Ambassador to the US, Friis Arne Pedersen.
Freedom from dependence on fossil fuels has major strategic significance for the US armed forces and its bases, and Thisted municipality provides a ready-made, life-size example of how a US air force base could be run on locally available renewable resources.
On their round tour, the Pentagon officials saw how Thisted municipality uses biomass and waste as the energy feedstocks to drive its CHP (combined heat and power) stations, and particularly how wood chips from the nearby national park are used to fuel local power plants.
The US delegation also had the opportunity to see presentations from a range of Danish companies including Scandinavian Energy Group, Brix & Kamp (consulting engineers), Babcock & Wilcox Vølund (biomass and waste-to-energy specialists), Grundfos (leading pump manufacturer), and Danfoss (thermal control technology).
The news was reported by Thisted municipality and energy-supply.dk.