DHIC's Doosan Lentjes wins contract to build Waste-to-Energy CHP power plant in Germany

The German subsidiary of South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction will engineer and build a combined heat and power (CHP) plant utilizing household and industrial waste as its primary fuel resource.

Doosan Lentjes has received the notice to proceed on the Wiesbaden waste-to-energy (WtE) project from client MHKW Wiesbaden GMbH. The latter company is a joint venture formed by German waste management firm Knettenbrech+Guadulic, Wiesbaden district heating entity ESWE and public power producer ENTEGA.

MHKW Wiesbaden will oversee operation of the WtE power plant once it’s completed as expected in 2024. Doosan Lentjes will handle engineering, supply and installation on the project.

Wiesbaden WtE will have capacity to process 600 tons of municipal solid waste per day to generate 22 MW of electricity and 40 MW-equivalent for district heating in the region. The waste-to-energy plants do release some emissions but remove the potential for landfill methane that is seen by many environmental scientists as more damaging as a greenhouse gas, according to reports.

“With tighter environmental standards being adopted for waste management in Europe, the WtE market is growing steadily in the region, as can be seen from how there has been around ten new WtE orders being placed annually over the past five years,” said Hongook Park, CEO of Doosan Heavy’s Power Services Business Group. He added, “As we forecast there will be around 80 new WtE plant orders being placed by 2025, we aim to use our existing track record to aggressively target the European WtE market.”

Doosan Heavy Industries is expecting up to 80 new WtE plant orders in Europe by 2025.

CHP plants are seen as some of the most efficient power producers in the industry, utilizing both electricity generation but also excess exhaust heat to create steam for both industrial and residential purposes. Germany and other European nations have largely embraced CHP as an energy efficient means of power generation.

About the Author

Rod Walton, EnergyTech Managing Editor | Senior Editor

For EnergyTech editorial inquiries, please contact Managing Editor Rod Walton at [email protected].

Rod Walton has spent 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. He formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

Walton earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. His career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World. 

EnergyTech is focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids. The C&I sectors together account for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

He was named Managing Editor for Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech starting July 1, 2023

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.