Swedish utility Vattenfall says it will invest almost €100m ($112m) in what will be Germany’s largest power-to-heat plant.
The 120 MWth plant will deliver heat through an existing district heating network in Berlin’s Spandau district.
In addition to power-to-heat boilers, the project will feature natural gas-fired heat-only boilers.
Construction on Spandau’s Otternbucht street is planned to start in the autumn and commissioning is planned for 2019.
After the new facility is online, unit C of Berlin’s 160 MW hard coal-fired Reuter power plant is planned for shutdown. Vattenfall, which commissioned the plant in 1969, said it is aiming for a total phase-out of hard coal in Berlin by 2030.
Gunther Müller, Vattenfall Wärme AG board spokesperson, said: “Our district heating is an important player in Berlin’s energy transition. The power-to-heat asset in Spandau will not only optimize the dispatch of [existing] CHP plant Reuter West, but also enable the use of electricity from renewable energy sources to generate climate-friendly district heating in the future.”