26 April 2010 – Vattenfall has opened a new straw-burning unit at the Fynsværket CHP plant in Odense, Denmark. More than three hundred thousand large bales of straw will be burnt in Fynsværket’s new large boiler every year, replacing the use of approximately 100,000 tonnes of coal, which means that the atmosphere will be spared 245,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Burning straw will result in heating for 60,000 consumers on Funen island and electricity for approximately 35,000 households, says the company.

The new straw-burning facility will help to make Odense a greener city, and at the same time is one of the pieces in the larger puzzle of making Vattenfall’s production of electricity and heating carbon dioxide-neutral. The plan includes replacing a large part of coal consumption with bio energy. Vattenfall has set a target for its Nordic operations to become carbon dioxide-neutral by 2030.