Copenhill Waste-To-Energy plant and ski slope - Copenhagen

Chair: Prof. Marco Ragazzi, Venice 2020 Scientific Secretary                                                                                                                                   
Guests: Dr. Patrik Gustavsson, Managing Director Amager Bakke Foundation
Dr. Niccolò Bertocchi, Chief Executive Officer of Neveplast
Dr. Ole Hedegaard Madsen, Technology Director in B&W Vølund                                                    


On Friday October 4th, 2019, the dry ski slope of the new waste-to-energy plant designed by the star architect Bjarke Ingels in the heart of the Danish capital finally opened to the public. It is a unique project that adds an important page to the history of technology applied to sustainability, design and sports culture. Amager Bakke has been renamed Copenhill, which refers to this ‘hill’ in Copenhagen, because that is basically what Copenhill is: an ultramodern waste-to-energy plant, as well as a mountain measuring almost 90 metres in height, where it is now possible to ski 365 days a year. Copenhagen’s state-of-the-art Amager Bakke sets new standards for environmental performance, energy efficiency and waste treatment capacity.
Just across the bay from the queen’s palace, it includes a roof-top ski slope and a hiking trail, with trees growing on landscaped sections. The plant was constructed by Amager Ressourcecenter, owned by five Copenhagen municipalities.
Amager Bakke is equipped with two furnace lines and a joint turbine and generator system. Each line burns 35 tonnes of waste per hour and is designed to:

  • Treat approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste annually produced by 600,000 inhabitants and at least 46,000 companies
  • Supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity and 120,000 households with district heating
  • Supply 440 °C steam at 70 bar, which doubles the electrical efficiency compared to the former plant
  • Emit much lower emissions than the EU’s stringent 2019 Best Available Techniques Reference Document for Waste Incineration

The craziest ski resort in the world boasts a 400-metre long ski slope, served by four lifts, including ski lifts and conveyor belts, and is entirely made in Italy. The dry ski slope was produced by Neveplast, a company based in Bergamo, world leader in the field of artificial ski slopes.


Via Galvani 18, 24061 Albano Sant'Alessandro (BG) Italy /