Heat pumping facility in Horsens, Denmark turns one year old this month. So, what is the status of the project one year later?

In December 2019, the biggest heat pumping facility, at the time, in Denmark opened at Hamlet Protein in Horsens. Excess heat from Hamlet Protein’s production facility is transferred into heating of 3,200 local households.

So, what is the status of the project one year later? As with most first-mover projects we encountered a handful of unexpected issues. But despite these difficulties during the first year, the facility has produced almost 50,000 MWh of heat to date using less than 10,000 MWh of electricity.

Our plant Manager Jonatan Dickow elaborates:“This production is not yet quite as expected and the target value for future years is more than 70,000 MWh per year. Luckily, we are good at innovative solutions here at Hamlet Protein, so we are currently working on adding the exhaust air from our natural gas burners to the system in order to also utilize this heat.”

Reducing our carbon footprint forms part of Hamlet Protein’s sustainability program. We continuously invest in technology that allows us to reduce the use of energy. There is an increasing awareness on the need to protect our natural environment. That is our collective responsibility.

At the same time a growing world population puts pressure on our resources. As most of us do not want to compromise our way life, we need to think of innovative ways to protect our environment for future generations.

Watch the video below where Hamlet Protein was featured in a sustainability special on Dutch business and financial news channel RTL Z. The RTL Z team travelled to Horsens (Denmark) to interview Hamlet Protein CEO Erik Visser on how companies can reduce their ecological footprint.


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